The Nigerian Labour Congress known in short as NLC are set to embark on a strike action on January 27, extending to February
over the proposed decision of the federal government to increase the purchasing price of fuel.
The Union made this known in a press release and has begun the necessary mobilisation of many Civil Society Organisations, CSOs ahead of the strike action. The saga of fuel subsidy removal continued from last year when FG announced that they will not be subsidising the petroleum product from January 2020.
In reaction to this development, many economy experts opined that the idea, if actualised, will bring en-mass suffering to Nigerians.
Nonetheless, further meetings pertaining to the strike are expected to be held in both Lagos and Abuja by the various CSOs committees.
Here is the statement made the leader of the Union Wabba:
“Comrade, you may recall that at the regular meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress, which took place on 17th December 2021 at the Oyerinde Olaitan Auditorium, Pascal Bafyau Labour House, the NEC decided, among other things, to mobilise Nigerian workers and people for a nationwide protest on the 27th of January 2022, particularly in all the state capitals of the federation.”
“There will also be a national protest on the 1st of February 2022, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
“The planned protest is to register the displeasure and rejection by Nigerian workers and people of the proposed plans by the government to increase the price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also commonly referred to as ‘petrol’.”
“Currently, it is being speculated that the planned price hike would see a litre of petrol selling between N340 and N360.”
“Clearly, this price upsurge would unleash very severe and calamitous dislocation on Nigerian workers, people, and businesses.”
“In order to plan for an effective and peaceful protest, we seek the indulgence of your union as a member of the NLC Central Working Committee to be part of a planning meeting with leaders of CSOs scheduled to take place in both Abuja and Lagos states.”
“While we look forward to your attendance, please accept the renewed assurances of our highest esteem.”