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Senate Supports New Petrol Price, Urges Labour To Suspend Planned Strike

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[caption id="attachment_8389" align="alignnone" width="680"]Ike Ekweremadu, Deputy President of the Senate[/caption]

The Senate, on Tuesday, endorsed the Federal Government’s decision increase the price of petrol to N145.

This was the outcome of an Executive Session, presided by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.

Giving the report of the closed session, Ekweremadu, said the lawmakers deliberated on the price hike and the threat by the NLC.

He called on the government to parley labour unions to forestall the threatened strike.

“The Senate in a closed session deliberated on the increase in the pump price of PMS by the Federal Government and the threats by the organised Labour to embark on a nationwide strike,” he said.

“We resolved as follows: that we sympathise with ordinary people of Nigeria on the hardships they are going through.

“That the Senate will engage the Federal Government to find sustainable ways of improving the welfare of the people of Nigeria.

“That we call on government to continue to engage the organised labour and other stakeholders to resolve issues in order not to ground the system and impose more hardships on our people.

“That government should immediately start implementing palliative measures contained in the 2016 Appropriation Act passed by the National Assembly,” he said.