Fuel Subsidy: FG, NLC To Discuss Issue

Fawaz Adebisi

The Federal government of Nigeria is set to discuss issues concerning the removal of fuel subsidy with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.

The NLC president, Joe Ajaero, disclosed this during an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily Programme, adding that the meeting is scheduled to hold today, at 2pm.

The president of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, had, on Monday while delivering his inaugural speech, declared the removal of fuel subsidy in the country.

His statement, “petrol subsidy is gone”, has however sparked controversies among Nigerians, as they now access petrol for N700/litre, as queues at filling stations returns across the nation.

According to Ajaero, the president should have requested the consent of Nigerians before deciding, adding that he should also have found out the implications of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians on the streets.

He therefore highlighted other ways to utilize which would aide the repair of the nation’s four refineries, provision of transportation of alternatives for the Nigerian workers, amongst others.

The NLC boss said: “Government seems to have shown interest in discussion. As at last night, they reached out and we have fixed 2pm today (Wednesday) to commence discussion.

“There, all other issues will be discussed because you can’t just say there is no subsidy and then you are not producing and leave us to the vagaries of the market, to people who want to sell the product they bought for N10 for N100 to maximize profit. If there is no more garri, we must find out what to eat.

“The pronouncement by Mr President is as good as law and if in the process we make a law that is not practicable, the same people that made the law can look at it,” Ajaero said while calling for a review of the President’s pronouncement.

“Does it bring pleasure to us to say subsidy is gone and people start suffering? Is it not part of leadership for us to look at how the suffering of the people can be reduced?” He added.

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