Subsidy Removal: NLC Suspends Protest, to Engage Govt on Local Refining

Subsidy Removal: NLC Suspends Protest, to Engage Govt on Local Refining

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Yakubu Salisu


The Nigerian Labour of Congress, NLC on Tuesday announced the cancellation of it’s proposed nation-wide protest slated for 27th January and 2nd February against the Federal Government’s attempt to remove fuel subsidy.

The NLC Chairman in Kano, Comrade Ado Minjibir while conveying the National President’s message to news men in the State said that, the congress called off the planed protest following the reversal and re-approach by the FG on the Matter.

“At the peak of very rigorous mobilization of Nigerians by the NLC and a host of her Civil Societies Allies, the government through the Minister of Finance yesterday made a public announcement reversing the plans to increase petrol pump price.

Following the reversal and re-approach by the government which was communicated to us, the National Executive Council held and emergency virtual meeting this morning to consider the new position of the government. Hence, after vigorous debates, the NEC decided to suspend the planned nation-wide protest” Ayuba Wabba was quoted.

The Statement continues; ” going forward, we will continue to engage with the government on the very critical issues of ensuring local refining of petroleum, creation of sustainable jobs and provision of petrol at an affordable price for Nigerian workers and people.

The proposed removal of petrol subsidy would have pushed the pum price of fuel to between N320 and N340 per litre. There is no gainsaying the fact that this would ha e terribly exacerbated the current scourge of the inflation in the country, deepened poverty, heightened social tensions and pushed the country and millions of her poor citizens to the very precipice.

The leadership of the Congress has communicated this organ decision to our civil society allies who have stood stoically behind Nigerian workers in our quest for social and economic justice for workers and the downtrodden people of our country”.

NLC commend the Nigerian workers and people particularly their civil society allies for their unwavering solidarity and support during the struggle.

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