Organized Labour in Nigeria is perturbed at the recent return of long queues at petrol stations in many of the cities in the country .
The Union in an address to mark the May Day celebration, which was read by the NLC President, comrade Ayuba Wabba expressed disappointment that the current chaos was induced by the unsolicited advice by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) .
“The apex body advised government to stop subsidizing petroleum products especially the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). Well, what the IMF means by subsidy removal is increase in the pump price of petroleum products and the transfer of the cost of government’s failure to the masses.”
The Organized Union stated that the working-class in Nigeria notes that the intervention of the IMF in Nigeria has always been about three issues , the removal of the so-called “petrol subsidy”, naira devaluation and opening of borders to allow the influx of foreign goods.
“The three economic prescriptions by the IMF do not have the interest of the Nigerian people at heart’ as they are tailored at further impoverishing the Nigerian masses. We urge government to take every step to pre-empt another episode of petrol scarcity as a guise for fuel price hike. We will resist such! We posit that the current regime of petrol subsidy is an adventure in corruption , a fact corroborated by President Buhari who asked the trillion-dollar question “who is subsidizing who?”.
The Organized Labour is also calling on all political leaders at all levels of government to re-dedicate themselves to the task of governance by demonstrating genuine empathy and affinity to the suffering of the Nigerian people.
“We urge all elected political office holders to fulfil the promises they made to Nigerians. We implore those whose political aspirations were not realized at the last elections to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship. We also urge those who feel cheated at the 2019 polls not to overheat the polity but to engage the judicial process for justice.”