Provocative fuel price hikes proposed by NGF will be met with a strike — NLC
The Congress of Labor in Nigeria rejected the Nigerian Governors Forum’s proposal to eliminate subsidies and price pumping of petrol at a price between N380 and N408 per liter. The recommendation was described as provocative, arbitrary and unresponsive to the economic realities in this country and to the extreme difficulties experienced by Nigerians, in particular by workers.
The conference stated that any increase in the price of oil products of just 1 cent, especially Premium Motor Spirit, will immediately attract the Nigerian workers throughout the country to withdraw services without further notice.” ‘ ‘ The congress decided to officially write to the Federal government about the distress and concerns of workers in the NGF’s proposals and its position on the issue, according to a communiqué issued by the National Executive Committee of the NLC following their meeting in Abuje on Tuesday.
The declaration signed by Ayuba Wabba, President of the NLC, and Ismail Bello, Acting General Secretary, that the convention remains firmly rooted in its decision at its meeting on 17 February 2021, rejecting further rises in the price of refined petroleum products, was also reiterated by the statement signed by Ayuba Wabba. The NLC said there is currently no negotiation with the government over fuel price increase, adding that the last meeting with the government in February 2021 was adjourned indefinitely The statement reads, “NEC’s proposal by the Forum of Governors for Nigeria to increase oil prices by 300 per cent was also seen by the Nigerian government as an increase of provocation, arbitrariness, detachment and insensitivity towards the country’s current economic realities and the extreme difficulties that Nigerians and workers, in particular, are suffering. “The NEC also observed that there are currently no fuel price increase negotiations with the government. The NEC recalled that sine die had been adjourned at the last government meeting in February 2021. There has been no other government meeting since then.
“The NEC decided to immediately revok the service by Nigerian workers all over the country without any further notice in any decision to increase the refined petroleum product price by even one cent, in particular PMS.” The organized labour, on the basis of the ongoing review of the constitution of 1999, called on the National Assembly to retain the administration of labour, national minimum salary, pension and industrial relations. The meeting characterized the suspended industrial activity and protests in Kaduna against the sackage by the state government of 45,000 workers as successful and said that the State government in Kaduna was open to a friendly solution of the situation in accordance with the law, in particular Section 20 of the Labor Act.