The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has warned the federal government against fuel price hike even by 1%, else it will go on strike.
This was contained in a communique issued after its National Executive Council held on May 25 and jointly signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and Ismail Bello, acting General Secretary of NLC, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the communique, Mr. Wabba explained that the Nigerian Economic Council (NEC)-in-session also reviewed the proposal by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum for a 300% increase in the price of petrol. He disclosed that NEC repeated its February 17 stance to reject further increases in prices of refined petroleum products, particularly petrol.
“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.”
The communique said, “The NEC also re-echoed its decision that the only sustainable way out of the crisis of fuel importation and associated dislocations in the downstream petroleum sub-sector is for government to rehabilitate all four public refineries in Nigeria and build new ones.”
It added that the NLC’s NEC would write “officially to the federal government conveying the plight of Nigerian workers, the concerns of Congress and the resolutions of the NEC on the matter of fresh proposals for an increase in the pump price of fuel.