New pump price of petrol is anti-people – NLC

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Lagos, July 18, 2023 – The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has rejected the new pump price of petroleum products and the palliatives announced by the Federal Government.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero, made the position known while speaking on Channels Television Politics on Tuesday

He said the new pump price of petrol was anti-people, while “the labour union rejects in its entirety the money and the figure said to be captured by the government’s palliative initiative”.

“I think Nigerians are being deceived. In the first instance, going by the claim that the independent marketers are now bringing the product into the country, Nigerians would want to know how many are involved in this.

“Nigerians also want to know the role of the NNPC in the current dispensation. NNPC cannot import and claim the fuel is imported by independent marketers.

“Furthermore, the government withdrew subsidy from PMS and while we were discussing the aftermath of the withdrawal, another price increase.

“Now, why would the government go to court to seek a court injunction? Why will the government take other measures if it is not its business”, he queried.

“It is like Nigerians have entered a rein when Nigerians are being punished unnecessarily and where lies are the order of the day.

“I think clearly, the government is toiling with Nigerians and it is a reign of impunity.

“If the same government is approving N70 billion for the members of the National Assembly to buy vehicles and furniture but you’re increasing the cost of fuel, should the removal of subsidy affect only the poor?

“This policy will further increase the margin between the poor and the rich as it is clear that the government is taking away all the benefits meant for the poor and being given to the rich.

“Government is provoking Nigeria and attacking workers, students and others.

“Labour is not involved in the arithmetic of fuel price fluctuation. We can only make a better-informed decision when we understand what the government is trying to do and what it has done so far.”

“The N8,000 to 12 million households in Nigeria is another issue. How did the government arrive at the statistics it is reeling out?

“We, at NLC, have rejected that because we are not clear on how and where the government got the statistics it is relying on for the planned palliatives.”

“There is a committee in place between government and labour to work out the modalities. The government cannot set up the committee and go back to do another thing. This is unacceptable.

“We’ll meet to make a decision and best to address the new development.”

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