The Senate on Wednesday directed its Committee on Labour to immediately interface with the Federal Government and Labour to find immediate solution to the ongoing strike by the Ayuba-Wabba-led Nigeria Labour Congress over the increase in pump price of petrol.
The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, said the lawmakers arrived at the decision after an hour-long executive session.
Ekweremadu said the Senate was interested in ensuring that Nigerians do not suffer hardship as a result of the strike.
He said: “The Senate in a closed-door session deliberated on the nationwide strike by labour and ways of resolving the issues to avoid untold hardships to Nigerians.
“We also mandated the Committee on Labour under the chairmanship of Senator Mohammed Nasif to continue to interface with both government and labour for an early resolution of all the matters.”
A faction of the NLC began a nationwide strike on Wednesday to protest the increase in the pump price of petrol.
Another faction of the NLC and some civil society groups, however, declined to join the strike action.
The National Assembly was a bee-hive of activities on Wednesday despite the strike, with the car parks filled to capacity.
The Senate considered five bills for first reading after the closed door session.
The bills considered were National Institute of Credit Administrators Bill 2016 by Senator Ben Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East) and Chartered Institute of Finance and Control Bill 2016 by Senator David Umaru (APC-Niger East).
Others were Insurance Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2016 sponsored by Senator Umaru Kurfi and National Health Insurance Act CAP 2003 (Repeal and re-enactment) Bill, 2016, sponsored by Senator Olarenwaju Tejuoso (APC-Ogun Central).
The Senate also considered for first reading the Engineering Council Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 jointly sponsored by Senators Ibrahim Gobir (APC-Sokoto East) and Barnabas Gemade (APC-Benue North-East).