As Buhari counts down to end of tenure, Nigerian workers serve notice of warning strike over fuel, naira scarcity

Barely few months to end the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Nigerian government to end the current Naira and fuel scarcity in the country.

Penpushing reports that this was made known in a communique issued by the labour union which was issued on Tuesday and jointly signed by its President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and  General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, at the  end of the congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting held on Monday.

The union in the communique made available to journalists lamented that the poor implementation of the Naira re-design policy has caused considerable pain and hardship for the people, stressing that in the period under review, three major issues have engaged the attention of the nation.

“They are presidential/national assembly elections; scarcity of Petroleum motor spirit (PMS) and redesigning of the Naira notes and its aftermath. Accordingly, CWC resolved to give the government seven working days beginning from Tuesday, March 14 to make Naira notes available to the people or Congress would be compelled to direct its members to withdraw their services.

“Similarly, the CWC-in-session, after reviewing the fuel supply situation in the country and the attendant arbitrary costs at filling stations, expressed dismay at the nonchalance of the NNPC and Government. It accordingly resolved to ask the NNPC/ FGN to normalise the fuel supply situation.”

Penpushing further reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) also expressed outrage at the surreptitious increase in electricity tariff without notice and without improvement in the quality of service, declaring that henceforth any surreptitious increase would be met with an appropriate response

The communique in similar vein resolved to condemn interference in congress council elections, noting that governors have no business controlling the state councils of congress while it also resolved to set up caretaker committees in Osun, Ebonyi and Imo States on the disputes.

“CWC resolved that henceforth any surreptitious increase would be met with an appropriate response CWC after reviewing the organisation and performance of the Labour Party resolved to contribute to rebuilding and repositioning the party by sensitising workers and other Nigerians’.

‘There were national protest actions in Abia and Imo states over non-payment of salaries/ allowances and pensions for several months, non-remittance of check-off dues and other anti-union activities. Reviewing the performance of the actions, it was noted that the Abia State Government has signed an agreement with Congress pending full implementation of the agreement,” it added.

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