- Nigerians have been thrown into a state of worry over the federal government's plan to increase the price of petrol
- Added to this, the NLC has threatened to commence a national strike if the government goes ahead with its plan
- The union said Nigerians at this time cannot bear more increment of the price of the product
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The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reacted to the federal government's plan to increase the price of petrol to N234 per litre.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the NLC's president Ayuba Wabba, said Nigerians, who are still dealing with the harsh realities of COVID-19, cannot take more hardship from the federal government.
Wabba said the matter is even worse because the proposal is coming at a time when there is widespread unemployment and a high rate of inflation.
He insisted that one of the primary responsibilities of the government is to ensure that Nigerians do not suffer the repercussions of obnoxious policies.
Wabba pointed out:
“The primary purpose of government is to continue to make sure that citizens don’t suffer the consequences of what they have not bargained for.
“As we speak, with the increment in tariff, energy is still being subsidized. We have shared that document very widely..."
The NLC boss made it known that the organisation will have to embark on a nationwide strike if the plan of increasing the price of petrol is actualised.
Earlier, Mele Kyari, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), had said that the government could no longer afford to subsidise the cost of buying petrol in the country.
Kyari, who stated this on Thursday, March 25, during the weekly ministerial briefing at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the federal government spends about N120 billion on fuel subsidy monthly.
Legit.ng gathered that he disclosed that the actual cost of importation and handling charges amounts to N234 per litre, adding that the government has been selling the product at N162 per litre.