The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has warned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, against a purported plot to increase the price of petroleum products.
The plot came a few hours after the photos of Buhari with his Media crew, led by the Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, who visited him in London, hit the social media.
The NLC, said should any such thing happen, it will employ both mass protest and any other legitimate means possible to oppose it.
The NLC contended that instead of contemplating increments in the prices of the products, government should rather do a downward review of the current price of the products.
The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, stated this during the opening of its National Executive Council meeting ,in Sokoto.
“While Nigerians are still struggling to cope with the severe hardship imposed on them by the last increase in the price of petroleum products, there are ongoing media campaigns and contradictory statements by the NNPC and government officials on yet another plan to review the template for the pricing of petroleum products.
“We are totally opposed to any further increases as we are yet to see the benefits of the last increase even as the current Minimum Wage Act has not been reviewed.
“It would amount to unleashing further hardship on workers and the poor if any further price increase is allowed.
“The government must not take us for granted. Indeed, the patience and perseverance of the entire populace must not be taken for granted, as we will sure mobilise the entire citizenry for mass protests in addition to other legitimate actions to resist any further increase.
“What is urgently required of government is not another increase but a downward review of the current pump price of petroleum products.
“The current National Minimum Wage Act has long elapsed, and as you are already aware, we have long submitted our proposal for a review but Government seems not in a haste to recognise the urgency in attending to our demands.
“Nigerian workers and pensioners are as important to the growth of the economy and must not be allowed to continue to suffer further hardships.
“We therefore, reiterate our call on government to treat the review of the minimum wage and pension with the utmost urgency they deserve”, Wabba said.
Source : Akwa Ibom Daily.