Comrade Joe Ajaero, factional president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has backed out of the planed strike called by the Congress.
Recall, NLC, threatened to go on an indefinite strike which will eventually shut down the economy of Nigeria should fuel price not be returned to the old price of N86.50.
Reports by Dailypost also confirmed that the Federal government also proposed to have the fuel price set at N145 reduced to N120, a proposal vehemently rejected by the Ayuba Wahab-led group. This eventually led the Federal government into the hands of Ajaero faction for further dialogue.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, Ajaero, while speaking in Abuja, confirmed that his group will not be taking part in the planned strike as it was called for at a wrong time with equally wrong motives.
Not stopping there, Ajaero, went further accusing the Ayuba Wabba faction of the congress of asking the government to write off the N2 billion loan the group collected in 2012 to buy buses.
When you are asking that the loan given to you in 2012, which had not been paid back should be written off, we believe that the action has already been sold out before it takes off.
“So, we will wait for our group to meet. But definitely, it appears that by ideology and every other thing, we can no longer meet. We thought we should have managed this in the interest of Nigerians but from the look of things, it appears we have to go our different ways.
We have condemned the increase and called for negotiation and reversal. It was on the basis of our calls that this meeting was summoned for us to meet and find the way forward.
Still insisting on his group not taking part in the planned strike, he said:
If we wanted to be serious about an action, you can’t call for an action on Wednesday. It is only an action that is sold out that is called for Wednesday so that by Friday, you say you have strike lethargy and call it off.