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Protest: Tinubu meets with NLC, TUC leaders, says Port Harcourt refineries would start production in December

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President Bola Tinubu has met with the leadership of the nation’s Organised Labour and assured Nigerians that the Port Harcourt refineries will resume production by December.

Tinubu gave the assurance on Wednesday evening during his one-on-one meeting with the leaders of the nation’s Organised Labour.

A statemenr on Wednesday night by Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, Mr Dele Alake, said the Labour leaders, after the President had held frank discussions with them, resolved to stop the protests.

Tinubu met with the Presidents of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joe Ajaero and Festus Osifo respectively, in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, led by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and that of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Festus Usifo, held a meeting with President Bola Tinubu Wednesday evening at the State House, Abuja.

“Consequent upon the fruitful and frank discussion with President Tinubu and their confidence in his ability to encourage open and honest consideration of all the issues put forward by the Labour Movement, the Labour Leaders resolved to stop further protest.

“They opted for further constructive engagement with the government to resolve all outstanding issues as they affect the working people and Nigerians in general.

“President Tinubu gave his commitment to the Labour leaders that the Port Harcourt refineries will start production by December 2023 after the completion of the ongoing rehabilitation contract between NNPCL and Italian firm, Maire Tecnimont SpA.

“President Tinubu assured the Labour leaders that he would continue to work for the best interest of Nigeria while pleading with the Labour leaders to join hands with him to birth a better and economically buoyant country,” the statement reads.

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