The meeting of the Presidential Steering Committee on Palliatives, which was adjourned Monday morning, has reconvened at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting is coming 24 hours before the scheduled nationwide protest by the Organised Labour. The strike is slated for Tuesday, August 2.
When the meeting commenced, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Joe Ajaero was absent, leaving the Labour side to be led by the President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, and NLC Secretary, Emma Ugbaja.
The meeting, which is taking place at the Conference Hall of the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila is expected to receive briefings from the sub-committees of mass transit , CNG and conditional cash transfer.
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It is also expected to consider the planned protest by the NLC expected to hold Wednesday -tomorrow.
On the government’s side are: the Chief of Staff to the President, Gbajabiamila; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment Kachollom Daju; the Special Adviser to the President on Energy Olu Verheijen; Director Budget Ben Akubeze and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, Mele Kyari among others
Recall that The committee, which comprises Federal Government representatives and the Organised Labour, adjourned Monday to enable members, especially the Labour leaders, to listen to President Bola Tinubu’s nationwide broadcast.
The committee was set up by the government to consider the proposed palliatives for workers to cushion the effect of the removal of petrol subsidy that has caused hardship to many Nigerians.