The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday asked its 36 branches and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to prepare for a nationwide protest should the government go ahead with the planned increase in fuel price.
The decisions were taken at the end of the NLC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held in Abuja.
The labour said it would not issue any notice should it go ahead to remove the fuel subsidy before the January 27, 2022 date for the protest.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, and the General Secretary, Emma Ugbaja, the union said it is against the government’s plan to introduce excise duties on carbonated drinks manufactured in Nigeria.
NLC also advised the government to make education from primary to junior secondary school free for every Nigerian child.
The communiqué read: “The NEC considered recommendations made to it by the Central Working Committee.
“Among the recommendations discussed at the meeting include plans by the Federal Government to increase the pump price of petrol in 2022, the soaring inflation of the prices of basic commodities and services, the increasing siege of insecurity in Nigeria, the unrelenting push by the Federal Government to privatize and concession many public assets cum enterprises, the demand on Mr. President to sign the 2021 Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law and the continued refusal of some state governors to implement the National Minimum Wage and also the failure of some employers in the public sector to pay the gratuity of retired workers and remit their pension contributions as when due.”
“The NEC considered that an increase in the pump price of the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as ‘petrol’ by the government will expose Nigerian workers and the generality of the citizenry to acute deprivation, hardship and suffering as it would worsen the already established trend of hyperinflation in the country;
“That the genesis of the crisis in Nigeria’s downstream petroleum sub-sector especially as it relates to the petrol pump price regime could be linked to a Policy of Importation Based Pricing Template for Refined Petroleum Products as against Local Production Based Pricing Template;
“That as long as the pricing of refined petroleum products is based on Importation Pricing Template which is heavily dependent on a volatile foreign exchange rate heavily skewed against the Naira, the price of petrol and other refined petroleum products will continue to rise beyond the reach of average Nigerian workers and citizens.