Nigeria Labour Congress cautions Buhari against further hike in fuel price

Bauchi residents paid N144 per litre of petrol in April – NBS
United Bank for Africa

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has advised the federal government to desist from further raising the pump price of fuel.

According to the Labour body, a further hike in price of petrol will aggravate the suffering of the masses and as such would be strongly resisted by organised labour.

The NLC President, Comrade AyubaWabba, stated this in Uyo, the AkwaIbom State capital, at the 14th edition of the NLC special school programme.

Wabba vowed that the organised labour will surely embark on strike, if the Federal Government attempts to increase fuel price.

He stated that despite the change mantra of the present administration and the promise to the people, the socio-economic conditions of average Nigerians have continued to degenerate.

The labour leader stressed that it was necessary to convene a committee to review the national wage for workers.

According to Wabba, “in the face of rising inflation following the devaluation of the Naira which makes the current minimum wage not to pay the transport fare of workers to and from work, not to talk of buying them basic needs, congress requests that, it is time minimum wage is reviewed as quickly as possible.

“The government needs to constantly consult with broad segment of the Nigerian population at all times, especially groups like the labour movement”, Wabba explained.

“Also, we are warning petroleum marketers not to contemplate any further increase in the pump price of the products, especially that of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The current economic hardship required alternative economic agenda that should not be planned by the government alone,” he added.