Ngige to Chair 16-Man Committee on Fuel Price Hike Grievances

Ngige to Chair 16-Man Committee on Fuel Price Hike Grievances

Chris Steven, Abuja

Minister of Labour and Employment,Senator Chris Ngige has been nominated to chair a 16-Man Technical Committee meant to resolve grievances which arose from the recent increase in the pump price of fuel by the Federal Government.

The committee which will be formally inaugurated on Thursday at office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,will have Prof. Adamu Usman serving as Secretary.

The Committee’s membership also comprises of the Hon Minister of State, Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Hon. Minister of Budget and Planning, Sen. Udo Udoma, Hon. Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Hon. Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Chairman of National Salaries and Wages Commission, Chief R.O Egbule and the representative of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation.

Representatives from the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) include Peter Adeyemi, Amaechi Asugwuni, Ibrahim Khaleel, Igwe Achese and Abdullahi Sale.

Similarly, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has Augustine Etafo, Alade Bashir Lawal and Abdullahi Sale as its representatives in the Committee.

Part of the demands raised by Labour before it embarked on a few days strike,which it later suspended was that the Federal Government should constitute the Board of Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency(PPPRA).

Labour had also insisted that government include its stakeholders in the N500billion palliative scheme,it hoped to deploy as cushioning mechanism for the fuel price increase.