Federal government and the Organised Labour failed to reach a consensus on the contentious issue of fuel subsidy removal.

The meeting, which was aimed at addressing the concerns of Nigerian workers regarding the impact of the subsidy removal, ended in a deadlock at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The decision to remove the fuel subsidy had triggered immediate hoarding by marketers and panic buying by consumers, causing a hike in pump prices from about 194 Naira a litre to 600 Naira a per litre in some states.

The organised labour, led by the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Joe Ajaero, and president of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Festus Osifo, criticised the government’s approach, highlighting the lack of engagement in exploring alternative solutions.

After the meeting, Ajaero expressed the Labour’s demand for the government to return to the status quo.