The meeting turned out to be an occasion to trade blames.
While the federal government’s delegation accused labour of providing the platform for violence across the country and insisted that it denounces those perpetrating violence and call off the strike to create room for negotiation, the organised labour held to its stand that if government fails to revert to N65 per litre pump price of petrol, the protests and strike would continue nationwide.
Jonathan agreed to reduce fuel price to 120 naira, which the labour leaders declined as they stuck to their positions.
Esele and Omar, who spoke for labour denounced the acts of perpetrators of violence which had been recorded across the country.
In his submission, the SGF called the attention of the committee to the violence and destruction that took place in Minna, the Niger State capital yesterday and accused labour of providing the platform for politicians and hoodlums to perpetrate violence and crime.
However, both parties have agreed to reconvene Saturday.