The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Federal Government (FG) could not come to agreement on a new petroleum pump price being proposed by FG last night. Speaking on the outcome of the meeting with FG, led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, the President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba said they were able to point out areas of the report on petrol pricing that Labour disagreed with.
He also said that Labour maintained it was not comfortable with the import pricing method that the country is adopting, which meant that the country imports 100 per cent of all the petrol used in the country, when it still has refineries.
The NLC leadership disagreed with the NNPC’s pricing template, insisting that certain cost elements needed to be reviewed so that the fuel price can come down.
At the meeting which ended last night, according source, the NNPC came up with a price range of N206 per litre for petrol.
It explained that the new price range was as a result of the rise in crude oil price in the international market.
The NNPC had explained, according reports, after considering all other cost factors, the landing cost fuel hits N206 per litre.
The company also expressed its predicament in fixing the malfunctioning local refineries within short time frame, saying that the earliest the refineries can come on stream will be in two years’ time.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige who chaired yesterday’s discussion said that it ended peacefully.
“Our discussion ended peacefully. As for the issue of the price of petrol, it is a work in progress. The governors are to discuss this on Thursday at the National Economic Council and hopefully there will be a way out of the situation,” he said.
On the issue of electricity tariffs, Ngige said that the report was well received by both sides and the committee was asked to continue further work on grey areas.
He said that the meeting with labour was adjourned till April, after the Easter celebration.
The Federal Government (FG) will meet with state governors and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Thursday to find a solution to the issue.