The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has started mass mobilization ahead of its strike on Wednesday due to the ongoing hardship brought on by the recent increase in fuel prices.
The union urged residents of Abuja to participate in the major demonstration planned for August 2, 2023, at 7 am at the Unity Fountain.
The federal government should address the unlawful nature of the subsidy, the group asserts, rather than subjecting Nigerians to suffering and misery.
“There is nowhere in the world where government leaves its citizens totally to the vagaries of the market without some measure of control and protection. The Federal Government should immediately deal decisively with the criminal content of subsidy instead of exposing ordinary citizens to avoidable pain and hardship.
“As a matter of national importance, it is imperative to fix all our refineries to be able to cater to domestic fuel consumption,” it stated.
On the recent policies put in place by President Bola Tinubu, the NLC noted, “We are concerned that no government acting reasonably leaves its national currency to forces of the market.”
Harping on its demands, the union urged the federal government to immediately reverse all “anti-poor policies”, and release the withheld salaries of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, among others.