By The Evangelist News Edition, June 4, 2023.
The removal of petrol subsidy has led the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to decide on embarking on a nationwide protest next week Wednesday.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday, issued a five-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide protest.
Joe Ajaero, NLC president, said the Federal Government had until Wednesday to revert to the old price of N185.
Reacting in a statement on Saturday, Shuaibu Leman, NUJ national secretary, said an emergency central working committee (CMC) meeting of the union was convened virtually.
He said discussions at the meeting centred on issues surrounding the decision by the Federal Government to remove fuel subsidy and the position taken by the NLC, adding that members unanimously adopted the position of the NLC.
Read the statement: “CWC reiterates the argument that although the removal of fuel subsidy will free allocations which can be channelled to the provisions of infrastructure and creation of additional jobs, the sudden removal could, however, lead to social unrest and protests as people may perceive Government as being insensitive to their plight.
“CWC also notes that already there is an astronomical increase in the prices of petroleum products and high inflation which have drastically reduced the purchasing power of citizens.
“Accordingly CWC directs all State Councils of the Union to mobilise members to withdraw their services and commence protests nationwide from Wednesday next week, 7th June 2023, if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNCPL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector”.