NLC condemns and rejects hike in Petrol Price, threatens Strike -Daily Info Update

The Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned the new hike in Petrol Price demanding that the Federal  Government reverts to the old price of  N158 or face indefinite strike from workers.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, had in an internal memo with reference number PPMC/C/MK/003, dated November 11, 2020, and signed by Tijjani Ali disclosed that the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol would be increased to N155.17 per litre from N147.67 per litre resulting in the increase of Petrol pump price up to N170 per litre.

The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba in a statement noted that the recent increase in fuel price was a breach of an agreement with the government at previous negotiations adding that the union would not accept such arbitrary increases in the price of petrol.

The statement furthered that Nigerians cannot continue to be the recieving end of failed leadership from the government pointing out that the price increase has jeopardized the union's faith on the side of the government.

"The truth is that we would not have been in this precarious situation if government had been alive to its responsibilities. There is a limit to what the citizens can tolerate if this abysmal increases in the price of refined petroleum products and other essential goods and services continue.

“Nigerians cannot be made to bleed endlessly, for the failures of successive governments, to properly manage our refineries, ensure value for money for the numerous turnaround maintenance, which was poorly executed,” Ayuba added.

The union however noted that in line with its recent agreement with the government, it would be receiving updates in the next few days from affiliate unions in the petroleum sector and representatives in the electricity review committee adding that the the outcome of these engagements, would determine its next line of action in the coming days.

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