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NLC threatens to shut down economy over fuel hike

UFOMBA UZUEGBU, Asst News Editor
Echoes of the showdown experienced in 2012 in rejection of the last pump price by the last administration, reverberated in Lagos on Sunday, where the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) , led by Comrade Joe Ajaero, threatened  to shut down the critical sectors of the nation’s economy, if government fails to revert its decision to hike the pump price of PMS to N145/litre between now and Tuesday midnight.
President of the factional Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who stated this during a media briefing, said the announcement by the junior Minister of Petroleum , Ibe  Kachikwu , increasing the price of petrol by about 67.63 per cent (N86.50/litre to N145/litre),  was a rude shock and can only be described as callous.
He said government must convoke a meeting of all the relevant stakeholders if it is desirous of taking any action in the industry with far reaching consequences on the citizenry.     
Ajaero said: “Government must engage the core stakeholders including the leadership of the industrial unions in the Oil and Gas sector and the NLC that represents them.
“ Where Government fails to heed these calls and correct itself,  we  shall be forced  to call out  Nigerian workers and masses out in the streets of Nigeria to shut the critical sectors of this economy down  as  long as it shall take to force this Government to subject itself to the desires  of the people.”
He hinted that a Joint Action Committee to fine-tune the strategies and actions for the struggle had been set-up for a mass action..Bem-vindo querido

 

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