The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reiterated its stance on holding the planned protest against the removal of fuel subsidy, despite pleas from the Federal Government to shelve the demonstration.
Talks between the NLC and the government on short-term palliatives collapsed, leading to the NLC’s decision to go ahead with the protest. The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, issued a warning against any violent protests called by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
However, the NLC emphasizes its commitment to peaceful demonstrations while demanding constructive dialogue to address their grievances.
The Deputy President of the NLC, Titus Amba, stated that the protest would proceed as planned. In response to the government’s palliatives, the NLC and TUC expressed dissatisfaction, considering the severe impact of the subsidy removal on the populace.
They call for additional measures such as fixing refineries, improving transportation systems, providing a living wage, and better medical facilities to mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal.
The NLC further emphasizes its demand for wage awards and increased minimum wage to support workers and alleviate the hardship faced by Nigerians.