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Nigeria Labour Congress says recent fuel increase is an increment to the current level of pains

Nigerian Labour Congress

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the increase in fuel price by the Federal Government.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had been silent since the increase of fuel pump price to N170 per litre last week.

Ayuba Wabba, the President of the NLC, in a statement noted that the NLC vehemently condemns and rejects the increase, saying that the increase has only exacerbated the current level of pain and anguish in the nation.

Wabba also alleged that the Federal Government had given Nigerians the impression that the labour unions were bad.

“The recent increase in the pump price of PMS is clearly against the spirit and content of what Organized Labour agreed with the government at the last negotiations over the last fuel price increase.”

“It has also cast in very bad light our utmost good faith with regards to government explanations that it lacks funds to continue bankrolling the so-called subsidy payments as such would sooner than later cripple the entire economy, throw the country into severe economic crisis and cause loss of jobs in millions.

“While we await the full recovery of our refineries as contained in our agreement with government, Nigerians cannot be made to bleed endlessly for the failures of successive government to properly manage our refineries, ensure value for money for the numerous Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) which were poorly and barely executed and the horrifying lack of interest in prosecuting public officials and private business people who have profited from the rot in our petroleum sector and the collective misery they have imposed on the general population.

“The truth is that we would not have been in this precarious situation if the government had been alive to its responsibilities. There is a limit to what the citizens can tolerate if this abysmal increases in the price of refined petroleum products and other essential goods and services continue.”

The NLC president called on the government to review its policies which is leading to inflation daily.

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