A nationwide protests and strike action is set to be held by the Trade Union Congress and 79 other civil society organisations and labour unions next week.

The group which is under the aegis of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond codenamed ASCAB, want to protest, due to the increment of the fuel price and electricity tariff, The Punch reports.

So far, It has been discovered that the Nigeria Labour Congress, which is part of ASCAB, was still holding a meeting as of Friday evening to determine its next line of action.

On the planned strike, Apart from NLC and TUC, some other affiliate members of ASCAB include: United Action for Democracy, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Journalists for Democratic Rights, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation, Civil Services Technical and Recreational Services Employees, Civil Liberties Organisation (Bayelsa), and COPEAIDS Foundation, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, among many others.

In reaction to the new development by government, Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), said it was evil of the government to increase the prices of essential commodities during a pandemic.

He said while other countries were making life easier for their citizens through tax cuts and palliatives, the Nigerian government was doing the exact opposite.