President Bola Tinubu has pleaded with organised labour to hold off on taking strike action as he need more time to look into their grievances.
Tajudeen Abbas, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, revealed this after serving as the House leadership’s representative to the President to advise him on the outcome of their meeting with the National Association of Resident Doctors, NARD, which has called for a statewide strike action.
This is due to the Federal Government’s explanation that it has yet to roll out remedies to mitigate the effects of the elimination of petrol subsidies because it doesn’t want to make mistakes.
Abbas claimed the President told him he was fresh in office and needed time to assess the issues being raised by employees about which he had not yet been briefed in his remarks to State House reporters following their meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said, “What he said is that he’s just coming on board. We should ask them and beg them to please give him a little more time.
“The things that they mentioned, he is completely unaware of them; he is yet to be briefed about all those issues.
“But from what he heard from me, he also advised that we should channel those issues to the Chief of Staff to look at one after the other.
“I believe in the coming days, some concerted actions will be taken.”
Abbas also stated that the House leadership invited NARD after learning of their intended strike after the legislators were successful in convincing the union to shelve its plans.
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