The labour unions had vowed to embark on a nationwide industrial action should the FG refuse to reverse the sudden hike in the price of fuel, but the National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Abuja has stopped them from embarking on the strike action tomorrow.
In the ruling, the NIC President, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, restrained the labour unions from going on strike, pending the determination of a suit the FG lodged before it. He ordered all the parties to maintain status quo until the legal dispute is settled.
The order followed an ex-parte application that was filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN. Determined to abort the planned strike action, the AGF approached the NIC, begging it to restrain the labour unions from “shutting down the nation”.
Placing reliance on section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, FG, insisted that it would not be “in the national interest” for the NLC and TUC to proceed on nationwide strike over the fuel price increase…. an argument all Nigerians agree with….