Thursday, 17 December 2015 06:00

MASSIVE PROTEST Over Petrol Price Increase: NLC Begins Mobilisation

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Plans by the Federal Government to increase the pump price of petrol from N87 to N97 from next year, might have met a stiff opposition as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday indicated that it has started mobilising its relevant organs, civil society groups, organisations and professional bodies against the proposed action by the government. The media had been awash with reports quoting the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, as saying at the National Assembly that the government might change the price of petrol as well as adopt a strategy of removing subsidy gradually.

The organized labour, through its president, Ayuba Wabba, accused Kachikwu of being an agent of those who were working to undermine the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari over his constant insistence on the removal of subsidy on petroleum products. Wabba added that the minister constantly showed his preference for subsidy removal right from when he was appointed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) Group Managing Director, even when the President had made it clear that he was yet to be convinced that the ordinary citizen could afford increased prices of petroleum products.

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