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Fuel, Electricity Hike: Labour To Stage Protest, Commences Nation wide Strike Sept 28

The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress has endorsed the earlier decision by the Organised Labour to stage a protest alongside nation wide strike on September 28, 2020.

The President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba made this known to journalists in Abuja at the end of the NEC meeting.

The protest which might ground the entire country is geared towards compelling the Federal Government to reverse the increase in prices of fuel and electricity tariff.

Beyond this, NEC which condemned the timing of the increment, also advised the Federal Government to put the nation’s refineries into operations by revamping them with immediate effect.

Ayuba said failure to meet these demands would compel workers to go ahead with their protest on the said date.

It would be recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had threatened to shut down the economy if the federal government refuses to reverse the recent hike in petrol price and electricity tariff within 14 days.

Similarly, the electricity distribution companies had hiked their tariffs from about N30.23 to about N62.33 per kWh for Nigerians after the federal government said it would no longer subsidise electricity consumption.

Also, the price of petrol increased from about N145 to about N161 per litre.

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and civil societies had also corroborated NLC by pledging to join the protest.

In an effort to resolve these issues, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Minister of Labour and Employment to hold a meeting between the federal government, labour unions and the CSOs

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