The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has lamented the rising costs of goods and services that witnessed steady upward movement in the outgoing year.
Speaking through its President, Ayuba Wabba, the NLC warned the Federal Government against going ahead with its planned removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called ‘petrol,’ in 2022. While applauding Nigerian masses’ perseverance, the Congress noted that 2021 was generally a year of speculations and increases in the prices of basic utilities.
The NLC called on the Government to find solutions to the myriad of challenges facing the country insisting that the Nigerians are tired of unproductive promises and talks offered by the Federal Government, demanding real solutions to life challenges confronting the Nigerian people.
While taking a mild swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari for his refusal to sign the electoral Bill, the NLC stressed that Nigerians would prefer to have as Christmas presents, increased commitment by the government at all levels to social development especially in terms of public education, public healthcare, social housing and expanded social protection cover.
The SSANU National President, Mohammed Ibrahim, urged Nigerian workers to observe all Covid-19 protocols as they celebrate the Yuletide. He observed that while national and State institutions are trying their best, Nigerians must take individual responsibility and resist the strong temptation of compliance-fatigue by following the recommended protocols put in place by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and beat the ravaging pandemic, especially the Omicron variant.