The organised labour yesterday rejected the non-provision for fuel subsidy in the 2015 national budget which was recently passed by the National Assembly, warning that it could plunge the country into “unnecessary crisis”.
Labour made this known yesterday at this year’s May Day Celebration held at the Eagle’s Square in Abuja, where the Minister of Labour represented President Goodluck Jonathan, Senator Joel Ikenya.
presidents of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, and Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Kaigama, spoke for Labour at the event, with the theme, ‘The working class, democratic consolidation and economic revival: Charting the way to national rebirth’.
They recalled that similar “booby-trap” of non-provision for fuel subsidy in the budget was set for the then new administration of the late President Umar Yar’Adua.
They warned that “similar mischief” in 2007 resulted in a nationwide strike in just one month in the life of the Yar’Adua-led government.
They also disclosed their intention to engage the incoming administration on the need to increase the national minimum wage as soon as it was inaugurated.
Senate President David Mark, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, who were both scheduled to deliver goodwill messages at the event, were absent and did not send representatives at the occasion.


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