Another Fuel Price Hike: Labour Threatens ‘Fire, Brimstone’

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News Investigators/ The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has issued a strong warning to the federal government of its determination to shutdown Nigeria indefinitely with strike action should there be another increase in the price of premium motor spirit (PMS).

The warning is coming on the heels of rumours making the round that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL) is mulling another fuel price hike even as people are still groaning on the recent hikes.

President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, who spoke at the African Alliance of Trade Unions Executive Meeting in Abuja, on Monday, advised government not to test labour’s resolve.

Two quick hikes in the price of fuel have pushed most Nigerians harder as government removed subsidy on fuel, insisting it was a huge scam perpetrated by some fat cats.

The premium motor spirit, pms, or petrol is currently dispensed at the pump price of N617 per litre in Abuja, while it goes for N568 in Lagos with varying cost in other parts of Nigeria.

But as the rumour of another hike rang louder, Monday, regardless of the ongoing negotiations with government, the NLC leadership threatened that it would embark on a nationwide indefinite strike should the Federal Government allow another increase.

“As we’re here now,” Ajaero alerted, “they are contemplating increasing the pump price of petroleum products. And the Ministry of Labour, for some time now, will only go to the Ministry of Justice to come up with a so-called injunction to hold the hands of labour not to respond.

“But let me say this, Nigerian workers will not give any notice if we have not addressed the consequences of the last two increases and we wake up from our sleep to hear that they have tampered with it again — the prices.”

However, in a tweet on its official Twitter handle, @nnpcl, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited said its pump price of fuel remains unchanged, and it did not intend to jerk it up any time soon.

The Abuja meeting was attended by Labour executives from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa.

The meeting deliberated on developments in Niger Republic, and advised the leadership of the regional economic bloc, ECOWAS, to reconsider its plan to employ force to restore democratic order in the uranium-rich country.

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