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Avoid violence during protest, Minister tells NLC

By Daniel Idonor

ABUJA—Minister of Labour and Productivity, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and its affiliates to stay out of trouble by not romancing violence if they must go on with the planned mass demonstration to protest the planned deregulation of the downstream sector and implementation of the Justice Lawal Uwais report on electoral reforms.

Speaking to newsmen after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council meeting, Kayode said he wants the NLC to shelve the strike action and accept to continue with negotiations with government, saying only continous dialogue can bring about lasting and enduring results. He said government cannot force labour not to go on strike, but that they must also ensure that the action is democratic enough so as not to cause any breach of security.

According to him, “the policy of deregulation is borne out of a good faith to make sure there is efficiency in the distribution and availability of petroleum products, and to remove elements of corruption within the system.

It is better to remove subsidy and save N600 billion which can be channeled towards the provision of infrastructure and other amenities for the people than for the money to go to wrong hands and compound problems of the suffering masses.


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