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Thursday, 3 September 2020

NLC Rejects Hike in Petrol Price, May Resort to Strike Action

There may be demonstration nationwide as the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday rejected the hike in prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol and electricity tariff.

Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC while rejecting the increase yesterday said his organisation has began consulting state organs on the next line of action;

"In fact Nigerians and even NLC we are at shock, and this increase is coming at a time when many Nigerians are passing through very peculiar and precarious times.”

“It's like Nigerian are being taken for a ride, the increase in price of petroleum is like adding salt to injury.”

“The increase in price of petroleum has happened now more than three times in three months, only yesterday they hiked the tariff of electricity. And to compound it they also reduced the interest rate of savings which effects mostly the poor and the vulnerable.”

“While rejecting this with the strongest terms, I think Nigerian government is taking Nigerians for granted.”

“At the end of the day, Nigerians are becoming poorer and poorer, in fact many people are already on the edge. Many workers are already on the edge.”

“Certainly we cannot guarantee industrial peace and harmony, and we will have to call our organs and we will have to also react but we reject it in its entirety.

"They have betrayed the trust of Nigerians, for Nigerians to be protected against the economic challenge that is affecting us.” he said.

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