- TUC has asked the FG to reverse electricity and petrol price
- The union body said failure to do this will result in industrial action
- Also, the union asked the government to provide quality healthcare and education for Nigerians
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President Muhammadu Buhari has been given seven days ultimatum to reverse the hike in prices of electricity, petrol, and all other social services in the country.
Failure for the Buhari administration to heed this ultimatum will result in an indefinite industrial action and national protest from Wednesday, September 23.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) gave this ultimatum after the union met on Monday, September 14.
Also, the union asked the government to make provision of adequate and quality healthcare and education for all Nigerians to save the poor and the vulnerable at all levels.
In a statement signed by the TUC president, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, and general secretary, Comrade (Barr) Musa Lawal Ozigi, the TUC, said a national protest will commence on the September 23 deadline.
“Corruption in government agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and the federal ministry of health over lack of transparency on how funds received in the fight against COVID-19 were spent,” the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that 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.
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.
In other news, a former senator from Kogi, Dino Melaye, 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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