Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, will meet with the hierarchy of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in a bid to stop the over six months strike by the university lecturers today, October 15.
Mr Charles Akpan, the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, in a statement said Ngige would be hosting a meeting with ASUU in Abuja.
The indefinite industrial action by ASUU, resulted from its opposition to the government’s move to implement the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System for payment of salary.
The union had instead, endorsed a totally different payment platform, which is the University Transparency Account System.
No Increase In Petrol Pump Price In March – NNPC Assures Nigerians
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked earlier reports that there will be an addition in the pump price of petrol in this month, March, 2021.
Dr. Kennie Obateru, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in a press release, informed that the Corporation was even thinking of any increment in the price of petrol in March in order not to destabilise the current talks with organized labour and other stakeholders on an viable framework that will stop any hardship to the ordinary Nigerian.
Obateru, also warn petroleum products marketers not to be involved in an arbitrary price increase or start hoarding of petrol product so as to create unnatural scarcity and thereby generating unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.
The Corporation further assured Nigerians that it has adequate stock of petrol to keep the nation for over more than a month and advised motorists and petrol users to avoid panic buying.
It also solicit relevant the authorities in charge of petrol regulations to check of the activities of petrol marketers and immediately sanction those who involved in products hoarding or arbitrary increase of pump price for their selfish gain.