President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday set the machinery in motion to avert the strike being planned by organised private labour and the human rights community in reaction to the latest hike in fuel price and electricity tariff. He directed the Ministry of Labour and Employment to dialogue with the labour unions immediately.

The meeting is scheduled for today in Abuja. The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) are believed to have already gone far in mobilising workers for the strike aimed at forcing government to reverse last week’s increase of petrol price to N159 per litre and of electricity to over N60 per unit. but TUC insisted last night that government should first revert to the old prices first.