The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), yesterday, described the release of a new pump price for Premium Motor Spirit by the Nigerian National Population Company Limited as “an ambush”.
The Congress said through the act, President Bola Tinubu has put a “gun to the head of the Nigerian people.”
The NNPCL yesterday afternoon confirmed it adjusted pump prices of Premium Motor Spirit, better known as petrol, across the country.
In a statement issued yesterday, signed by its Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Garba Deen Muhammad, the national oil company explained that the adjusted pump price was in line with “current market realities”.
However, the NLC, in a statement signed by its National President, Joe Ajaero, said, “We are worried that the Government, through the NNPC, despite the ongoing meeting of stakeholders in the oil and gas sector to manage the unilateral but unfortunate announcement by the President to withdraw subsidy on petroleum products, went ahead this morning (yesterday) to announce a new regime of prices under a new pricing template.
“This is an ambush and runs against the spirit and principles of Social Dialogue which remains the best platform available for the resolution of all the issues arising out of the petroleum downstream sector.
“Government cannot in one breathe be talking about deregulation and at the same time fixing the prices of Petroleum products. This negates the spirit of allowing the operation of the free market unless the government has usurped, captured, or become market forces as usual.
“It is therefore unacceptable, and we seriously condemn it. Good faith negotiation is key to reaching an agreement. What the government has done is like holding a gun to the head of the Nigerian people and bring undue pressure on the leaders, thus undermined the dialogue”.
“We call on the Federal Government to immediately instruct the NNPC to withdraw this vexatious pricing template to allow free flow of discussions by the parties. Nigerians would not accept any manipulations of any kind from any of the parties, especially from the representatives of the Government”, the NLC stated.