President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had assured the public that the Port Harcourt refinery will commence operations by December 2023.
It would be recalled that one of the demands of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is that the Federal Government fix the local refineries in the country.
NLC embarked on a nationwide #letthepoorbreathe protest against the government’s ‘anti-people policies’ on Wednesday, which it described as a means to continue impoverishing the poor.
Shortly after the protest, the President held a closed-door meaning with the leadership of the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), where the President committed to the following:
- An immediate restructuring of the framework for engagement in line with the input of the Labour leaders
- He let out a certainty that the Port Harcourt Refinery will commence production by December this year.
- He pledged to ensure that Agreement is reached on the Wage Award for Nigerian workers immediately.
- He promised to unveil a workable roadmap to the CNG alternative next week.
According to NLC President, Joe Ajaero, on the strength of the President’s pledge and commitment, the leadership will return for a new and reinvigorated dialogue process to allow for full implementation.
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