NLC Threatens Strike Over Proposed Fuel Price Hike

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) over the proposal that subsidies be removed and petrol pump prices pegged at between N380 and N408 per liter.

In a communique issued by its National Executive Committee, the NLC after its meeting in Abuja on Tuesday described the recommendation as provocative, arbitrary, and insensitive to the current economic realities in the country.

The congress stated that any increase by even one cent in the price of petroleum products, especially Premium Motor Spirit “will attract an immediate withdrawal of services by Nigerian workers all over the country without any further notice.”

The statement signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and the acting General Secretary, Ismail Bello, and made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, reiterated that the congress still stands solidly by its decision taken at its meeting on February 17, 2021, to reject further increases in the price of refined petroleum products.

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The communiqué read, “The NEC-in-Session also viewed the proposal by the Nigeria Governors Forum for a three hundred percent increase in the price of petrol as the height of provocation, arbitrariness, detachment, and insensitivity to the current economic realities in the country and the extreme hardship that Nigerians, especially workers are going through.

The NEC also noted that there is currently no negotiation with the government over the fuel price increase. The NEC recalled that the last meeting with the government in February 2021 was adjourned sine die. Since then, no other meeting has been called by the government.

The NEC resolved that any decision to increase by even one cent the price of refined petroleum products, especially PMS will attract an immediate withdrawal of services by Nigerian workers all over the country without any further notice.”

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