NLC has vowed to resist any further attempt by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to initiate a further increase in the price of fuel.
A recent statement by the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress in the South-south part of Nigeria has raised fears of another imminent increase in the price of petroleum which has caused a relative increase in the prices of goods and services nationwide.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President who was in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, at the 14th edition of the NLC special school programme said categorically clear that the body will resist any further increase in the pump price of fuel by the Federal Government stating the failure of Nigerians to cope with the biting inflation in the oil sector.
Mr Wabba stated that the organised group will be going on strike in resistance to the rumoured hike which will further worsen the current economic crisis faced in Nigeria.
He said despite the change mantra of the present administration and the promise to the people, the socio-economic conditions of average Nigerians have continued to degenerate, stressing that it is necessary to convene a committee to review the national wage for workers.
“In the face of rising inflation following the devaluation of the Naira which makes the current minimum wage not to pay the transport fare of workers to and from work, not to talk of buying them basic needs, congress requests that, it is time minimum wage is reviewed as quickly as possible. The government needs to constantly consult with broad segment of the Nigerian population at all times, especially groups like the Labour movement Also, we are warning petroleum marketers not to contemplate any further increase in the pump price of the products, especially that of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The current economic hardship required alternative economic agenda that should not be planned by the government alone,” Wabba said.
Declaring the programme open, the Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, noted the importance of the Labour movement in any growing economy and commended labour for establishing a school programme to provide training grounds for congress members.