President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has appealed to both the Federal Government and the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress to avert the proposed workers’ strike in the interest of Nigeria.

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja on Monday, urged the two sides to demonstrate “sensitivity and concern” for the plight of ordinary Nigerians who are already battling with the harsh economic conditions in the country.

He expressed appreciation for the patience displayed by the labour leaders as he noted that the issue of the new minimum wage could have been resolved long before now.

Saraki said, “My appeal is for the two sides to immediately move fast, shift from their extreme positions and create a new middle ground in the negotiations for the new minimum wage. The shift in positions can be done even before the period of the commencement of the proposed strike so that we do not further create tension within the economy.

“At this point, the interest of the people should be paramount in our minds. Any labour strike will cause inconvenience and discomfort to our people. While the government and labour are representing the interest of the people, it is important to also ensure we avoid any action that will not show sensitivity and sensibility to the plight of the people.”

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has dispelled insinuations of impending petroleum products scarcity in the country.

A statement by Ndu Ughamadu, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, in Abuja on Sunday, noted that the corporation had 39 days petroleum products sufficiency and about 25 days products availability on land.

NNPC also assured motorists and other consumers of petroleum products of adequate stock to meet their energy needs.

According to Ughamadu, providing information on the petroleum products stock level became necessary to dispel suggestions that the threat of strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) would result in a slip into a round of products shortages across the country.

He advised motorists not to engage in panic buying as the corporation would do all it could to ensure the strike action does not impact negatively on fuel distribution nationwide.

He urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and volunteer information to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Industry regulator or to any law enforcement agency around them, on any station that attempts to take advantage of any prevailing situation in the country at the expense of the consumers.

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called off the ongoing strike with effect from today, Sunday, September 30.

The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, announced this while briefing journalists at the Labour House in Abuja.

Wabba said that the organised labour has got firm commitment from the government, that the Tripartite Committee of the Minimum Wage Committee would reconvene on October 4.