- Labour unions in the country are planning to go on strike over the recent increase in the price of petrol
- The NLC and the TUC are reportedly consulting towards the planned strike
- Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC confirmed that there are ongoing deliberations over the planned industrial action
Labour unions in the country are planning to go on strike over the recent increase in the price of petrol.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are reportedly consulting civil society allies and relevant organs of labour towards the planned strike, The Guardian reported.
Ayuba Wabba, the president of NLC on Thursday, September 3, said both labour unions would soon deliberate on how to carry out the planned industrial action.
He described the petrol price hike as an insensitive action on the part of the federal government, vowing that the labour unions wound resist the tariff increase.
The TUC president, Quadri Olaleye in a statement also confirmed that the labour unions were planning on a strike.
He said it was wicked for the government to increase petroleum prices and electricity bills at the same time.
Meanwhile, the federal government's increase in petrol price and the recent hike in electricity tariff have angered a lot of Nigerians.
Groups, politicians and even local experts in the field of economics have decried the federal government's decision which has been described as both unfortunate and insensitive, Vanguard reported.
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, is one those who have vehemently berated the presidency for what he referred to as a resolve that will have a long-term adverse effect on the populace.
In another news, a former senator from Kogi, Dino Melaye, has vehemently decried the federal government's order for the increase of petrol price which has already taken effect in some states.
On his Twitter page, Melaye described the move as wicked and insensitive and went on to say that at a time like this, the decision will affect Nigerians negatively.
The government's position has fuelled a lot of backlash from prominent Nigerians like Melaye and even political groups such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which the former outspoken lawmaker belongs to.
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