Labour unions hold emergency meeting on fuel price

Helen Shok Jok, Abuja.

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and its partner unions are to hold a meeting today, Friday, on the decision of the government to raise fuel prices.

The NLC has said it will resist the recent increase in the pump price of petroleum petrol by the Federal Government.

In a statement signed by NLC General Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, the union urged the government to revert the prices to what they were, insisting that “ we would want to put everybody on notice that we shall resist this criminal increase with every means legitimate.

“Already an emergency  NEC meeting has been scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2016  to decide on the next line of action”, Ozo_Eson said.

He added that the NLC’s  affiliates,  state councils  and civil society allies had been told  to begin immediate mobilization.

The  Federal Government had on Wednesday, increased the price of fuel pump from N87  to no more than N145.

According to the NLC, “the unilateral increase in prices of petroleum products by government represents the height of  insensitivity and impunity and shall be resisted by the NLC and its civil society allies.

With the unjustifiable electricity tariff and other economic challenges brought on by the devaluation of the Naira and inflation, the least one had expected was another policy measure that would make life miserable for the ordinary Nigerian.

The latest increase represents not only about 80 per cent increase but it is tied to the black market exchange rate.

Further more, the process through which government arrived at this is both illogical and illegal as the board of the PPPRA is not duly constituted,”  Ozo-Eson said.

He said the NLC through its previous statements and communiqués, had stressed the need for the reconstitution of  the boards of  the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA .

 Dr Ozo-Eson noted the claim that the increase was arrived at after due consultation with stakeholders, explaining that it held a brief meeting with government officials on Wednesday “during which government was advised shelve the idea until at least it meets with the appropriate organs of the Congress.”