Following the intervention of the Governors’ Forum, led by its Chairman, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on the industrial dispute between the organised labour and the federal government, the two sides have agreed to another round of meeting later today (Sunday) at 7.00 pm.
Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, confirmed the meeting in a text message.
The message reads: “The Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige will be meeting with the Organised Labour”.
He said the meeting will hold at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa by 7 pm.
This is a clear departure from government’s decision not to meet with the labour leaders until Monday at 3 pm, a move that hardened the resolve of the labour unions to embark on a nationwide strike starting from Monday.
Fedredsnews had earlier reported that governor Kayode Fayemi promised the labour leaders, after meeting with them on Saturday, to immediately proceed to Aso Rock to discuss their grievances with the presidency with a view to finding a middle-ground solution.
The meeting was earlier adjourned to Monday at 3pm following the inability of the Federal Government to reach an agreement with Labour on fuel and electricity tariff hikes.