NLC issues two-week ultimatum to FG to reverse electricity tariff, petrol price

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday issued a two- week ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the recent increases in electricity tariff and the pump price of petrol or face civil unrest nationwide.

The president of NLC, Mr. Ayuba Wabba stated this at the end of the meeting of the central working committee Abuja.

In a communiqué read by Wabba, the NLC said the ultimatum takes immediate effect.

He warned that at expiration of the ultimatum on September 28 the NLC would mobilise its members nationwide for civil unrest.

“We have convened because of the twin issues of hikes in fuel price and electricity tariff and the CWC has noted that the two increases, despite the fact that they are ill termed because of COVID-19 and the economic situation of the country, the CWC has also identified that it has reduced the purchasing power of Nigerians. Also it has brought about high cost of goods and services and it has eroded completely the gains of N30k minimum wage.

“The CWC also took report of the meeting that held between the Federal Government and Organized labour where NLC was represented by 14 of its leaders and therefore as resolved to issue a two weeks ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse or face full industrial action. In furtherance to this the CWC has resolved to also convene the meeting of the National Executive Council in line with our constitution on the 22nd of September to also give effect to this decision. The action will commence on Monday 28th of September if those issues are not addressed,” he said.

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