Senate yesterday joined the federal government and labour unions to find immediate lasting solutions to the lingering fuel price hike faceoff across the country.
It directed and mandated its Committee on Labour to immediately interface with the federal government and labour unions.
The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, said that the Senate reached the decision during a closed door session that lasted for 35 minutes.
According to him, the Senate is interested in ensuring that Nigerians do not suffer hardship resulting from the strike.
“The Senate in a closed door session deliberated on the nationwide strike by labour and the ways of resolving the issues to avoid untold hardships to Nigerians.
“We also mandated the Committee on Labour under the chairmanship of Senator Mohammed Nasif to continue to interface with both government and labour for an early resolution of all the matters,” he said.
Nigerian Pilot reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, began a nationwide strike yesterday to protest the increase in pump price of petrol.
However, the strike is not full blown as various factions of the NLC and other civil society groups pulled out, arguing that it was unnecessary.
It also reports that activities at the National Assembly were normal as there was no semblance of strike, as the car parks were full to capacity as usual.
After the closed door session, the Senate considered five bills for first reading.
The bills considered are National Institute of Credit Administrators Bill 2016 by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East), and Chartered Institute of Finance and Control Bill 2016 by Senator David Umaru (APC, Niger East).
Others are Insurance Act 2003 (Amendment) Bill 2016 sponsored by Senator Umaru Kurfi, and National Health Insurance Act CAP 2003 (repeal and re-enactment) Bill 2016 sponsored by Senator Olarenwaju Tejuoso (APC, Ogun Central).
The Senate also considered for first reading the Engineering Council Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2016 jointly sponsored by Sen. Ibrahim Gobir (APC Sokoto East) and Sen. Barnabas Gemade (APC Benue North-East).


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