The Nigerian Labour Congress on Monday reacted to the tough times Nigerians are going through and said it was ready to fight the economic pains and hardship caused by the Federal Government’s decision occasioned by the removal of the fuel subsidy.
University unions such as university workers under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the University of Lagos chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Congress of University Academics have also commented on the situation saying the subsidy was ’unintelligently removed.’
Another set of people are the protesting members of the Edo Civil Society Organisations who lamented the subsidy removal and it attendant pains.
The National Assistant Secretary, NLC, Chris Onyeka, said the Central Working Committee of the congress would hold an important meeting today and take a position.
According to him, all issues around the suffering of the masses because of the recent price hike in PMS price would be addressed at the meeting.
He said, “We are going to give the Federal Government an ultimatum. We have given them enough leverage to take care of Nigerians and make amends, but they have refused to make amends. Let them prepare themselves because we are preparing. We are ready to fight back.”
Meanwhile, the Trade Union Congress has faulted plans to allow state governments to roll out palliatives to citizens to cushion the effects of the hardships caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.
Going memory lane, President Bola Tinubu had during his inaugural address on May 29 announced the end of the fuel subsidy regime which instantly shut up the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit popularly known as petrol from N165 per litre to N540. Currently, the product sells for between N568 and N617 per litre.