Abuja - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congres (TUC) have rejected the proposed increase in petrol price by the federal government.
The General Secretary, NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, said in a statement that the increase was unilaterally done and only showed the level of insensitivity and impunity of the government, Punch reports.
He said that the Congress had scheduled an emergency meeting of its National Executive Committee for Friday.
Confirming the new price, PPPRA, on Wednesday, officially announced the new price band for petrol at N145 per litre.
It also advised the NNPC retail stations on the outskirts of major cities to sell at price lower than N145 per litre.
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Executive Secretary of the agency, Sotonye Iyoyo, in a press statement on Wednesday, said the review became imperative in the face of extreme difficulties faced by petroleum product importers in sourcing foreign exchange.
NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and the TUC president, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, reacting to the increase said they had called the emergency meeting of their relevant organs to take a prompt decision on the issue according to Tribune
In his response, Wabba said: “we reject it. We are going to convey emergency meeting of our National Executive Council (NEC). Look at the economic situation, workers and Nigerians cannot afford it.
“The workers have not been receiving their salaries regularly. We have not even resolved the issue of electricity tariff. Nigerians cannot afford foods on their table and now, we are talking about another increase in fuel price,” he said.
Also, the TUC president, Kaigama, said the Federal Government caught them unawares with the sudden increase, adding that labour rejected it in totality.
- News 24