Fuel Subsidy Removal: NLC plans national mass protest Feb. 1st

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), has resolved to hold a national mass protest on February 1, against the plan by the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy.

The decision is contained in a communiqué issued on Friday, in Abuja, and signed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, after its NEC meeting.

Recall that the President Buhari-led administration recently disclosed that it would remove fuel subsidy as from next year, a move that has led to concerns, as Nigerians battle with rising economic hardship and insecurity amidst declining spending power.

The NLC said before the national protest, the Labour union would on January, 27
hold protest rallies in all the 36 States of the country against the planned subsidy removal.

The communiqué further noted that the removal of the fuel subsidy would expose Nigerian workers and the citizenry to acute deprivation as well as worsen the hyper-inflation trend in the country.

It further stated, amongst others, that “this would culminate in the submission of protest letters to all the 36 State Governors. Subsequently, a national protest will take place on Feb. 1, 2022, in Abuja.

“In case government decides to announce new petrol prices before the proposed protests, the protest will kick-off instantly and without any other further notice, in every State of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory”, it added.

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