The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has confirmed that nothing will stop its planned nationwide protest on Thursday, despite the recent announcement made by the Nigerian government that it would not, for now, remove the fuel subsidy.
Recall that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had on Monday announced that the government had suspended the plan to remove fuel subsidy, noting that the government would make provisions for it beyond its initial June deadline in the 2022 budget.
Speaking on Tuesday, during an interview on Channels Television, the NLC Deputy President, Joe Ajaero, made the declaration.
In his words, Ajaero stated that NLC is standing on its position once the Nigerian government are only postponing the evil rather than abolishing it.
He added that what the union is doing is sensitisation of Nigerian people on the removal of fuel subsidies.
Ajaero explained the reasons for the sensitisation, noting that the removal of fuel subsidy was nothing but inflicting more hardship on Nigerians. He added:
“So, our planned rally stands. On the 27th of January 2022, we rally nationwide, including the FCT.”
The Labour leader claimed the rally is nothing but necessary to alert members of the NLC on a perennial hike in the pump price of petrol as well as, other refined petroleum products. He stressed:
“We need to put our foot soldiers at alert on any eventual action on this issue of increase in the pump price of petroleum products from the current price to over N300 per litre.”
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