Fuel Scarcity in Abuja
Fuel Scarcity in Abuja

  • NLC NEC meets today, begins mobilisation
  • Occupy Nigeria warms up
  • PENGASSAN, IPMAN hail N145/litre regime

AMID nationwide anger
resulting from Federal
Government’s decision to
deregulate the downstream
sector which resulted in the
increase in pump price of
petroleum product from
86.50 to 145, the Nigerian
Labour Congress, NLC,
has vehemently vowed to
collaborate with its civil
society allies to resist the
increase, describing the
increase has the height of
insensitivity.
In a statement signed
by the NLC General
Secretary, Dr Peter Ozo-
Eson and made available to Nigerian Pilot the labour body
described the removal as the
‘height of insensitivity and
impunity’.
“The unilateral increase in
prices of petroleum products
today by government
represents the height of
insensitivity and impunity
and shall be resisted by the
Nigeria Labour Congress and
its civil society allies.
“With the imposition on
the citizenry of criminal and
unjustifiable electricity tariff
and resultant darkness and
other economic challenges
brought on by the devaluation
of the Naira and spiralling
inflation, the least one had
expected at this point in time
was another policy measure
that would further make
life more miserable for the
ordinary Nigerian.
“The latest increase is the
most audacious and cruel in
the history of product price
increase as it represents
not only about 80 per cent
increase but it is tied to the
black market exchange rate.”
The statement reads.
NLC in the statement also
denied claim by the FG that
the decision to increase the
pump price was reached
after due consultations with
the stakeholders as not just
ridiculous but fallacious.
“The process through which
government arrived at this is
both illogical and illegal as the
board of the PPPRA is not duly
constituted. In our previous
statements and communiqués,
we had stressed the need for
reconstituting the boards
of NNPC and PPPRA and
wean both away from the
overbearing influence of
the Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources who
has assumed the role of a Sole
Administrator.
“The allusion to the fact that
the this increase was arrived
at after due consultation
with stake holders is not only
ridiculous and fallacious, it
goes to show that the brief
meeting held today during
which government was
advised shelve the idea until
at least it meets with the
appropriate organs of the
Congress was in bad faith.
“Accordingly, we urge the
government to revert the
prices to what they were. We
would want to put everybody
on notice that we shall resist
this criminal increase with
every means legitimate.
“Already an emergency
NEC meeting has been
scheduled for Friday, May
13, 2016 to decide on the next
line of action. Meanwhile,
our affiliates, state councils
and civil society allies are
requested to commence
mobilization immediately.”
The statement reads.
Occupy Nigeria calls out
members
Meanwhile, the pressure
group, Occupy Nigeria
has called out its members
and the public to rise to
the occasion for a mass
protest to drive home to the
Federal government that
this is one decision that will
affect Nigerians immensely.
Occupy Nigeria it will be
recalled, fought against a
similar move to remove fuel
subsidy in 2012.
NUPENG, PENGASSAN
hail new price
This is as the Nigeria Union
of Petroleum and Natural
Gas Workers, NUPENG,
and Petroleum and Natural
Gas Senior Staff Association
of Nigeria, PENGASSAN,
meeting in Calabar has
hailed the N145/litre regime
Meanwhile, Nigerians
from all over the country
are crying over the burden
the new regime placed on
them. In Kaduna, Senator
Shehu Sani described the
hike as insensitive and
urged President Buhari to
rescind the decision without
any delay. In Osun state,
commercial drivers stopped
operating yesterday in
protest while in Akwa Ibom,
NLC condemned the hike in
its entirety.
PDP Ogun state describes
it as hatred to the masses.
More stories on pages 8
and 9.

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