Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Nigeria NLC/ TUC Strike; Senate Negotiation Meet Dead - Lock.

Nigeria Labour Strike,..... Senate And Labour Union Negotiation Meet Dead-lock.        

David Ngwaba.

        NLC President Middle                               David Mark: Nigeria's Senate President

The senate president, David Mark, yesterday met with Labour and TUC leaders at his home in Abuja and tried to persuade them to call off the strike..but Labour and TUC leaders said lai lai, insisting there's no going back until government has reinstated the price of petrol to N65.

After the meeting, Labour leaders told the press - "We appreciate the intervention of the Senate President, because when windows are opening nobody will like to miss that, but our position is clear and that is that government must revert to N65 per liter of petrol."

Also in his brief statement to the press, Senator Mark assured that a resolution would be reached soon. "The meeting was fruitful and the problem will be resolved in the interest of Nigerians." he said.

But there are speculations that the current crises arising from the recent removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria is truly one to be worried about. Reason, the major trade union bodies have refused to bulge. And they couldn't even if they want to because the wide spread protest is large directly driven by the Nigerian masses, spearheaded by various civil society groups and key social leaders.

However it is unlikely that the Nigerian government will relent on the fuel subsidy removal policy even if it wanted to. Speculations are rife that the government is playing a script scripted by the American government in furtherance of its AFRICOM ( United States African Command) goal, with an objective to ensure a free flow of resources from Africa to the west. The removal of the fuel subsidy in Nigeria is key to this objective. With Nigeria being the next front for Africom It is unlikely that either The Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, members of the civil society, the Government or even the masses can have any say on the as to whether to remove or let be the Subsidy of fuel in Nigeria.

At best, the government could somehow manage to convince the Nigerian Masses to bear with the increased hardship the fuel subsidy will bring on them. At worse if the masses could cause a caustic situation that would give the American government an excuse to invade the country and secure Nigeria's oil resources which it is after in the first place.

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