The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, said yesterday that Nigeria has no reason to continue to import Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, popularly known as petrol, for domestic use.
The NLC described the continuous importation of the product as a forced policy to the country by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.
President of the NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, stated this in Abuja, the nation’s capital, while speaking with journalists at the 48th National Executive Council meeting of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN.
According to him, the NLC has remained consistent in its position on subsidy. NLC’s position is that Nigeria has no reason to continue to import refined products for domestic use, particularly petrol, as Nigeria is the only member country of OPEC that is doing that and our leaders must find a way and means to get the nation out of this imposition.
He said the NLC remains consistent in kicking against government removing petrol subsidy in the name of deregulation, if it based on importation. He, therefore, charged Nigerians to fully mobilize and reject federal government plans to remove petrol subsidy in 2022 as proposed.
Comrade Wabba stated that energy is still being subsidized in 49 countries around the world but Nigeria’s problem borders on not being transparent in the process, noting that instead of making the process transparent, the policy of government is about transferring its inefficiency to Nigerians.
He explained that the cost of goods and services in Nigeria have spiralled up and not too many families can have more than one meal on their table. He cautioned against the proposed removal of petrol subsidy, as it will cause more hardship on a larger population of Nigerians.
He wondered why the price of diesel and kerosene, which the government claims to have fully deregulated, has never come down, even when the price of crude oil at the international market was almost at zero dollars. He, therefore, charged Nigerians to realize the above fact and resist any attempt by the government to further impoverish Nigeria and Nigerians.