By Samuel Bankole
President Bola Tinubu assured the leadership of the labour unions on Wednesday that the Port Harcourt refinery would commence operations by December 2023.
Tinubu disclosed this on Wednesday night, according to a statement by Dele Alake, special adviser to the president on special duties, communications, and strategy.
The president spoke at a meeting with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by Joe Ajaero, its president, and that of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Usifo.
A statement by presidential spokesman and ministerial nominee, Dele Alake, said “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.”
Alake said the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), led by its President, Joe Ajaero, and that of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Usifo, held a meeting with President 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 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,” Alake said in the statement.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; firstname.lastname@example.org; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)