President Bola Tinubu, barring any last-minute adjustments, will announce a palliative package to help Nigerian workers cope with the removal of fuel subsidies during his Independence Day speech on October 1.
Olajide Oshundun, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour stated that this is part of efforts toward preventing the planned nationwide strike by organised labour.
Labour unions in the country declared an indefinite strike beginning on Tuesday, October 3, to protest President Tinubu's claimed failure to offer post-subsidy palliatives for workers.
However, Oshundun stated that the ministry has planned a last-minute meeting with labour leaders to discuss President Tinubu's remarks during his October 1 Independence Day broadcast.
According to him, Tinubu is scheduled to present the workers' relief package during the traditional presidential speech on Nigeria's Independence Day.
Oshundun stated that the president had been provided with the unions' two primary demands.
He went on to say that the minister of labour, Simon Lalong, had accepted one of the NLC's demands by releasing Tajudeen Baruwa, the factional national president of the National Association of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), from police custody.
“We will avert the strike. We got the news of their intention to go on strike. They need to be rest assured that there will be a pronouncement in the October 1 speech of Mr. President for Nigerian workers,” Oshundun said.
‘’The ministry is working assiduously to meet with the second aspect of the demand which focuses on the wage award. We have already secured the release of the NURTW factional chairman.
“So we hope to invite them on Tuesday following the pronouncement of the president to see reasons for them to call off the strike,” he added.