- The organised labour has rejected the move by the federal government to distribute N5bn palliative each to 36 state governors and the FCT
- According to the NLC and TUC, the governors cannot be trusted with such initiatives meant for the poor
- The union argued that the governors would favour politicians rather than the poor Nigerians that the money was meant for
FCT, Abuja - Organised labour has kicked against the federal government's move to release an N5bn palliative package to each of the 36 state governors in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to curb the effect of the fuel subsidy removal.
The Punch reported that the workers, who are members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), said the governors could not be trusted with such a project.
The organised labour argued that the governors would favour politicians rather than the poor Nigerians that needed the N180bn largess disbursed to the state government to the Nigerian citizens.
On Thursday, August 17, the federal government announced the N5bn palliative to each of the 36 states in Nigeria and 180 trucks of rice as part of its move to cushion the effect of removing the fuel subsidy.
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How fuel subsidy removal has affected Nigerians
The fuel subsidy removal has led to immediate and multiple increases in the pump prices of petrol in the country, subsequently leading to the rise in the prices of goods and services in the country and badly affecting its socio-economy.
The organised labour has also staged nationwide protests over the development and insisted that a functioning refinery is the pre-condition for removing the fuel subsidy.
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Ayuba Suleiman, the NLC Chairman in Kaduna State, speaking on behalf of the union, said other demands include the government ensuring the refineries work.
The Congress also demanded the reversal of the fuel price to N180, suggesting that government should continue to pay for the subsidy and increase the minimum wage.