President Bola Tinubu removed the fuel subsidy several weeks ago, and now certain state chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are taking steps to negotiate with their respective state governments in order to alleviate the negative impacts of the subsidy removal, according to information obtained by Waffi TV
Meanwhile, the national level of the organized labour has pledged to ensure strict adherence to the agreements made at the state level. Tinubu, in his inaugural speech at Eagle Square in Abuja, stated that the era of fuel subsidy had come to an end. He further explained that since the 2023 budget did not allocate any funds for fuel subsidy, it was no longer reasonable to continue the payments.
The organized labour has been actively engaging with the Federal Government, urging them to implement measures that would alleviate the effects of the subsidy removal on workers. Representatives from both the Federal Government and organized labour have met with a committee that was established to address the demands put forth by the NLC and TUC (Trade Union Congress).
According to our correspondent’s investigation on Monday, the committee has a remaining timeframe of five weeks to produce its report. Furthermore, our correspondent’s findings indicate that certain state chapters of the NLC are planning to hold discussions with their respective state governors regarding strategies to mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal.
In the meantime, the national organized labour is determined to ensure that state governments adhere to the negotiations that have taken place between the Federal Government and the organized labor.