Fuel, Electricity tariff crisis: TUC ultimatum misplaced – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has dismissed the seven- day ultimatum by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) as misplaced.

The TUC had threatened to call a nationwide industrial strike if the Federal Government fails to reverse the recent hikes in petrol pump price and electricity tariff.

The Minister spoke to State House Correspondents after the week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

Commenting on the ultimatum and industrial action threat by the TUC, the Minister said the ultimatum is already misplaced because it was addressed to the President of Nigerian, which contravenes labour laws.

“The TUC issue, the seven-day ultimatum was misplaced because they were writing the President and issuing ultimatum to him. The President is not recognised by ILO.

“The competent authority for this nature of dispute in Nigeria resides in the man who oversees them, which is whoever is the Minister of Labour and Employment,” he said.