The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to embark on a one-day nationwide strike against the insistence by the federal government to go on with the electricity tariff hike, ongoing fuel scarcity and current economic hardship Nigerians are facing under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
This was disclosed by the NLC President Ayuba Wabba while addressing newsmen during the Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting of the congress on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Wabba, the planned action was aimed at getting the relevant authorities to reverse the 45 per cent tariff hike.
“Electricity has become an essential commodity, public utilities have since gone to the dogs, petroleum products have grown wings and vanished, compounding an already bad transport system, reducing Nigerians in all parts of the nation to compulsory trekkers.
“Having observed the increasing alarm and seeming confusion within the corridors of power on possible solutions to the socio-economic quagmire, we make haste to say that Nigeria is indeed at crossroads today and the extent of suffering is such that this nation has not witnessed throughout its history.
“We, therefore, want the government at the centre to quickly talk to Nigerian workers and the masses on why we should continue having trust and patience with them.”
“We urge them to tell us why we should not be in the streets calling for mass resignations of officers of this government, and to also tell us why we should not be worried when all the macro-economic indices are moving downwards.”
“We urge the government to come clean as promised and account for what it has actually recovered from the treasury looters, giving Nigerians details of the culprits and how much each stole.”
“We also urge the president and his cabinet to set up appropriate machinery to deploy the recovered funds to fill the resource gaps complained about because of the dip in global oil prices,” NLC said.
The union said it will also protest against anti-labour laws about to be enacted by the Kaduna State governor, Ahmed El Rufai.
Also, human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, SAN, said while speaking at the event that the teeming population of Nigerians “didn’t vote change for suffering.
“We didn’t vote change for agony; we didn’t vote change for tyranny. We fully endorse NLC resolutions for strike,” Falana said.