Nigerian gov't lauds labor for suspending strike

January 17, 2012 11:41 pm 

ABUJA, Jan. 17 — The Nigerian government has commended labor for calling off its nationwide strike, street protests and mass rallies.

Labor Minister Emeka Wogu gave the commendation in Abuja on Tuesday while briefing reporters on the development.

He also praised Nigerians for their sense of understanding while the strike lasted.

Wogu gave assurances the Subsidy Reinvestment Committee, put in place by the Federal Government and headed by Justice Alfa Belgore, would live up to expectations.

He said the committee would create a platform for labor and government to resolve the issues that came up after the announcement of the deregulation policy.

Wogu said he was glad that all parties were ready to come before that committee, noting that labor had showed wiliness and desire to come before the Belgore Committee to resolve other labor- related issues.

He also commended Nigerians for their support and prayers during the period of the strike.

Wogu told reporters that due to the meaningful contribution made by some Nigerians, the President deemed it proper to review the pump price of fuel and promised Nigerians that the policy would improve their lives.

The organized labor on Monday called off the nationwide strikes, mass rallies and protests against the removal of fuel subsidy.

The president of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Abdulwahed Omar, announced this while briefing newsmen on updates of the strike. (PNA/Xinhua) RMA/hbc/utb

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