Former Justice Minister Akinjide wants Jonathan to speed up dialogue with nation’s workers

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    Former Attoney General, Richard Akinjide

    Nigeria’s former Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Chief Richard Akinjide has waded into the ongoing fuel subsidy crisis urging that President Goodluck Jonathan should use his good office to douse the current tension on oil subsidy by engaging in quick dialogue.

    He was responding to questions on the on-going strike nationwide wide during the New At Ten programme on Channelstv on Saturday night.

    According to the former Minister, many of the current problems facing the nation including the oil subsidy issues  had been inherited by Jonathan’s government and therefore needed to be addressed with more understanding by the Nigerian public.

    President Goodluck Jonathan

    “I know Jonathan very well. He is an honest man, gentle, kind and incorruptible”, the former Attoney General said.

    He however supported that the President should apply wisdom by listening to the workers and compromise on their requests.

    He advised the Federal Government to seek room for compromise with all concerned groups in the on-going nationwide strike and protest embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and Civil Societies over the removal of fuel subsidy.

    Chief Akinjide who was speaking in an interview on Channesltv News at Ten as he was taken on to comment on the nationwide strike by the national unions.

    Nigeria Labour Congress

    He also asked the government to consider the resolution passed by the National Assembly calling for the reversal of the fuel pump price in order to create a better platform for further dialogue, that will see the crisis come to an end.

    The House of Representatives in the midst of the NLC Nationwide Strike, advised the Federal Government to kick-start dialogue by reverting the pump price to N65 to allow for consultations with all the stakeholders in the nation’s Labour Union.