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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

NLC President Calls for Downward Review of Petroleum Pump Price

The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC),  Comrade Ayuba Waba,  has called for the downward  review of the curent price of petroleum products in Nigeria.

Waba made the call on Tuesday while responding to  questions from newsmen in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital.

He described the recent increment in  pump price  of petrol as a means to exploit Nigerians to enrich few oil marketers.

The labour leader added that with the increase, the Federal Government was aiding the oil marketers to enrich themselves at the detriment of the entire Nigerian population.

He stressed that the new pump price was not necessary as the price of crude oil in the international markets had not increased in the recent times which was one of the reasons given by the oil marketers.

”Essentially,  it is about the exploitation of Nigerians as the Federal Government seems to be protecting the oil marketers rather than defending the citizens.”

He said that the government should not  leave the control of this very important commodity to oil marketers because they said that the exchange rate had gone up.

He said that rather the government should regulate the prices of petroleum products  so as to fulfil one of its electioneering Campaign promises to Nigerians.

“And if you say it is because of oil price which has also not gone up in the international markets then this is double tragedy,” he said.

Wabba was in Jalingo to commiserate  with the workers and the family of the Chairman of NLC in Taraba, Mr Peter Gambo, who died recently.

NAN

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