The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, rose from its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja on Friday with a resolution to embark on protest rallies across the country to reject the Federal Government’s planned increase in the price of premium motor spirit, popularly known as petrol.
According to the Nigeria Labour Congress, its National Executive Committee had considered the recommendations made to it by the Central Working Committee (CWC) and pursuant to its rejection and resistance of any further increase in the price of premium motor spirit, commonly known as petrol, it resolved to organize protest rallies in all the thirty six states of the federation.
The National Executive Committee of the NLC further resolved that the first line of action in the planned nationwide protest would culminate in the submission of protest letters to all the thirty six state governors on January 27, 2022.
Subsequently a nationwide protest will take place on the 1st of February, 2022 in all the states and Abuja noting that as usual the nationwide protests would be peaceful.
However, the EC of the NLC resolved that the nationwide protest will begin without notice, if the federal government raises the pump price of the product earlier than the proposed date.
It stressed that the protests would kick off instantly and without notice in all the 36 states of the country and Abuja in the event that the federal government goes ahead to increase fuel price before the planned January 27 nationwide rallies.
The Nigerian Labour Congress urged the federal government to adopt sound and very effective economic policies that could halt the present inflationary trend as it presents additional pressure on the lean income of Nigerian workers and other citizens and has made life unbearable for the poor masses of our country.
It will be recalled that the NLC had made its position clear that removal of fuel subsidy, which will shoot up the price of fuel, would not be advisable until after the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.