The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will be holding a rally across the Nation of Nigeria. The rally will be a protest against the plan by the federal government to remove the fuel subsidy on January 27, 2022.
Freshreporters News gathered that the labour Congress made this known in a statement released after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Friday, 17th in the Federal Capital Territory.
Both the president and the secretary of the NLC signed the communique Ayuba Wabba, and its Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, added that a national protest would take place in Abuja on February 1 2022.
The NLC said in case the government decides to announce new petrol prices before the proposed protests, the protest will kick off instantly in every state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory without any other further notice.
Recall that the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed had unveiled plans to start paying N5,000 stipend as transport allowance to Nigerians for at least six to twelve months from 2022.
The minister stated that the palliative is to relieve citizens from the effect of total fuel subsidy removal which may kick in by the second half of 2022.
According to the NLC, it rejects and resists the planned removal of subsidy on petrol and the increase in the pump price of petrol by the Federal Government.The union stated that the planned fuel subsidy removal is extremely insensitive to the sufferings being experienced by Nigerian workers and people.It advised the federal government to promote local refining of petroleum products and address the cost of cooking gas and building materials.
The statement reads: “The NEC, therefore, resolved to reject and resist the planned increase in the pump price of petrol by the Federal Government, as it is extremely insensitive to the acute hardship being experienced by Nigerian workers and people.
“Pursuant to its rejection and resistance of further increase in the price of petrol, to organise protest rallies in all the 36 States of the Federation on Jan. 27, 2022.
“This would culminate in the submission of protest letters to all the 36 State Governors. Subsequently, a National Protest will take place on Feb. 1, 2022 in Abuja.
“In case the government decides to announce new petrol prices before the proposed protests, the protest will kick-off instantly and without any other further notice in every state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
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