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NLC to embark on Nationwide strike and protest against increased electricity tariff and fuel hike on September 28

 The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC through its decision making body has announced 28th of September,2020 to embark on a nationwide indefinite Strike and mass protest if Federal Government fails to remove electricity tariff and petrol pump price hikes.

The Labour Force made the announcement on their twitter handle NLCHeadQuaters early this morning and described their decision as a civic obligation to demand for their rights.

This is coming after the TUC gave a 7-day strike notice,and also extended it to September 28 inline with the Labour Congress' deadline for a Nationwide demonstration against electricity and petroleum pump price hike.

The meeting which was held at Labour House in Abuja, the Labour Congress ordered it's 36 NLC state’s councils and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, to mobilize and gather workers and other Nigerians,saying the increase should not having been made at this crucial time in the country.

Speaking after the meeting, President of NLC,  Ayuba Wabba, urged the Federal Government to listen to the anguish of workers and suffering Nigerians in the interest of peace and social order, reverse the increases, stating that failure to meet the demands would make the scheduled strike and mass protest unavoidable.

He Said;

 “The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress comprising members of the National Administrative Council, President and General Secretary of members of the affiliate unions and our state council chairpersons and secretaries of the 36 states and FCT met today (yesterday) and resolved as follows;

“NEC resolved to reject in its entirety the issue of hike in electricity tariffs by almost 100 per cent as well as the fuel price increase in the name of full deregulation. This decision is premised on the fact that these twin decisions alongside other decisions of government including the increase of VAT by 7.5 per cent, numerous charges being charged by commercial banks on depositors without any explanations will further impoverish Nigerian workers and citizens, including their families.

“Therefore, this increase, coming in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is not only ill-timed, but it is also counterproductive. NEC also observed that the privatization of the electricity sub-sector seven years down the line has not yielded any positive result.

“Whereas the entire privatization process, the entire sector was sold at about N400 billion, we are also surprised that government within the last four years injected N1.5 trillion over and above the amount that accrued from this important asset.

” Therefore, NEC came to the conclusion that the entire privatization process has failed and the electricity hike is actually a process of continuous exploitation of Nigerians.

” On the issue of the refineries and also the increase in the pump price of PMS, this particular issue had been on the table for more than three decades and the argument had not changed.

“Whether it is the name of full deregulation or subsidy removal, what is obvious is that it is fuel price hike and this has further eroded the gains of the N30,000 minimum wage because it has spiral effects which include the high costs of food and services and the reduction in the purchasing power of ordinary Nigerians.

“In light of all of these, NEC thought that the issue of deregulation would be a continuous exploitation if it is import-driven.

“While demanding that our three refineries should be made to work optimally and then, it would benefit Nigerians, NEC also concluded that government has business in doing business because the primary purpose of governance is about the security and welfare of the people and if in other countries, governments are maintaining refineries, and they are working optimally for the benefit of the people, Nigeria cannot be an exception.

“In the light of these, NEC decided to endorse the two-week ultimatum given to the federal government to reverse those obnoxious decisions and also pronounce that the action proposed by the Central Working Committee is hereby endorsed by the NEC that 28th of September should be the date that those decisions should be challenged by the Nigerian workers, our civil society allies and other labour centre’s.”

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