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NLC Cautions FG Against Another Fuel Price Hike, Threatens Indefinite Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership has cautioned that if the Federal Government permits another rise in petrol prices while ongoing negotiations persist, they will initiate a nationwide indefinite strike.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), a government entity, has repeatedly raised the prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol, escalating from about N185 to N500 and even reaching N617 last month, following President Bola Tinubu’s declaration that the “fuel subsidy is gone” on May 29.

NLC President Joe Ajaero issued this warning during an address at the African Alliance of Trade Unions Executive Meeting in Abuja on Monday.

“As we’re here now, they’re contemplating increasing the pump price of petroleum products. And the Ministry of Labour, for some time now, will only go to the Ministry of Justice to come up with a so-called injunction to hold the hands of labour not to respond,” Ajaero said.

“But let me say this, Nigerian workers will not give any notice if we have not addressed the “consequences of the last two increases and we wake up from our sleep to hear that they have tampered with it again — the prices.”

Labour leaders from Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, and South Africa were present at the meeting. They also offered counsel to the ECOWAS leadership, urging them to refrain from deploying the military to the Niger Republic in order to reinstate democratic governance.

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