NLC Threatens Strike Action Over Increased Fuel Price – The Nigerian Labour Congress has promised to resist the newly announced fuel pump price of N145 per litre.
The new pump price was announced on Wednesday afternoon by Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, following a total deregulation of the petroleum industry.
In a statement by the General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, the union slammed the change which it described as unexpected. The statement read: “With the imposition on the citizenry of criminal and unjustifiable electricity tariff and resultant darkness and other economic challenges brought on by the devaluation of the Naira and spiraling inflation, the least one had expected at this point in time was another policy measure that would further make life more miserable for the ordinary Nigerian.”
The statement continued: “Further more, the process through which government arrived at this is both illogical and illegal as the board of the PPPRA is not duly constituted. In our previous statements and communiques, we had stressed the need for reconstituting the boards of NNPC and PPPRA and wean both away from the overbearing influence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources who has assumed the role of a Sole Administrator.”
“The allusion to the fact that the this increase was arrived at after due consultation with stake holders is not only ridiculous and fallacious, it goes to show that the brief meeting held today during which government was advised shelve the idea until at least it meets with the appropriate organs of the Congress was in bad faith.”
Ozo-Eson added that the NLC would be converging an emergency meeting to address the issue on Friday, and assuring Nigerians that they would “resist this criminal increase with every means legitimate.”