The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has described as inconsiderate and insensitive plans by the federal government to removed fuel Subsidy.
Rising from its NEC meeting in Abuja on Friday, NLC said it had agreed to hold states and national public demonstration to express its opposition to the government decision.
In a communiqué signed by issued by Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, after meeting, the Labour Union said the government’s decision will further impoverished Nigerians who are already battling with serious economic downturn occasioned by raging inflation and Covid-19 pandemic.
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According to the communiqué, the national protest will hold on February 1, 2022,
The NLC noted that before the national protest, the Labour union would hold protest rallies in all the 36 States of Nigeria on January 27 against the subsidy removal.
It said, “The NEC, therefore, resolved to reject and resist the planned increase in the pump price of petrol by the Federal Government, as it’s extremely insensitive to the acute hardship being experienced by Nigerian workers and people.
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” Pursuant to its rejection and resistance to further increase in the price of petrol, we are to organize protest rallies in all the 36 States of the Federation on January 27, 2022.
NLC said it would submit protest letters to all the 36 State Governors notifying them off the imminent demonstration, adding that a “National Protest will take place on February 1, 2022, in Abuja”
NLC, however, disclosed that it would not hesitate to bring forward date of the protest should the government decide to announce new petrol prices before the date of the proposed protest, noting that such situation would not allow for prior notification of state governments and Federal Capital Territory of the spontaneous demonstration.
The NLC also urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to promote the local capacity to refine petroleum products for domestic use.