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Deregulation: Akunyili urges restraint over protest

By Liade Akinboade
ABUJA—Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akunyili, has called on the NLC and its affiliates to exercise self-control on its ongoing protest on the proposed deregulation of the downstream oil sector.

Akunyili, stated this yesterday, in a press statement, saying the nation is in a delicate time and the survival of democracy in the country should be the ultimate goal of everybody.

According to the statement, “I wish to join well-meaning Nigerians to appeal to the Labour Movement to exercise utmost restrains over the protest on the proposed deregulation of the downstream oil sector.”

“We are all aware, this is a difficult time for our country; the survival of our democracy should remain our collective responsibility. Organising a national protest to drive home issues that could be resolved through constructive dialogue might create opportunity for hoodlums to foment trouble at a time when we are managing the successful implementation of the Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta,” she appealed.

She noted that the Federal Government remains committed in ensuring the wellbeing of all Nigerians. The administration of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua is open to dialogue, she said.

“The Federal government remains open to negotiation, debate and constructive dialogue on the whole issue of deregulation.

Therefore, Federal Government expects the Organized Labour to explore fully these opportunities and engage in meaningful discussion with Government to arrive at a compromise on the proposed policy.”

Stressing, “I therefore appeal once more to the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and allied unions to utilize the opportunity available for discussion with relevant Government agencies to collectively define the way forward.”


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