The House of Representatives has urged the federal government to ensure full implementation of the resolutions reached with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, following issues surrounding the removal of fuel subsidy.
This, according to the Green Chamber will be in the best interest of the nation.
This follows a matter of urgent public importance brought before the floor of the House by the member representing Ukanafun/Oruk Anam Federal Constituency, Hon. Unyime Idem, on the need for organized labour to shelve its planned strike and embrace dialogue.
Idem, in the motion, commended the Labour movement over its decision to suspend its planned industrial action.
Admitting that the continuous payment of subsidies has significant implications for the economy and the allocation of scarce resources, Idem, noted that the “removal of fuel subsidy will save the Nigerian economy from total collapse and financial crunch.”
The Ukanafun-born lawmaker posited that the potential consequences of the proposed strike will include “increased hardship for Nigerians, loss of work hours and financial resources, disruptions to economic activities, exacerbation of the country’s economic challenges, and potential disturbances to public peace.
Idem however appealed to labour leaders to embrace the dialogue approach that the federal government has chosen, explaining that “it is the preferred option over a confrontational stance by labour unions, as it offers the opportunity for fruitful deliberations, compromise, and a peaceful resolution of the issues at hand.”
In its resolution, the House mandated its Committees on Labour and Petroleum Downstream to collaborate with the labour unions and relevant authorities to ensure compliance with the resolutions reached at the committee involving the federal government and labour unions.