Following the recent hike in electricity and the pump price of petrol; the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to embark on industrial action, if the Federal Government fails to reverse its action.
This was the decision made after the NLC’s Central Working Committee meeting, where a two weeks ultimatum was issued to the Federal Government. The meeting which was on for several hours held yesterday in Abuja.
According to Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, who read the communique’, the body stipulated therein that the ultimatum takes immediate effect and by the time the timeframe elapses on September 28, it would mobilize its members nationwide for civil unrest.
His words: “The Central Working Committee has resolved to issue a two-week ultimatum to the Federal government to reverse its decision or face industrial action and peaceful assembly.”
It would be recalled that as at September 2nd, the Federal Government through the Petroleum Pricing Marketing Company (PPMC) increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N138 to N151.56 per litre, forcing marketers to increase pump price from N148 to N162 per litre.
In the same vein, earlier in September, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) directed the various electricity distribution companies in the country to begin the implementation of the new electricity tariff regime. The result of this is that Nigerians will begin to pay more for electricity.