Fuel scarcity: Labour Congress threatens to instruct workers to stay at home

by Iyobosa Omoregie

The Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to direct workers nationwide to stay at home, if the prevalent fuel scarcity persists.

In a statement released in Lagos by the Joe Ajaero-led faction of Congress, the federal government was advised to find a lasting solution to the problem or risk a nationwide strike action.

The statement released by Issa Aremu, a Deputy President of Ajaero faction of NLC said; “After several weeks of deliberate deprivations of petroleum products by both the government and marketers, with all the associated hardships, it is time all Nigerians stopped agonizing and rose in unison against the situation.

With petroleum products’ prices as high as N350 per litre, (far above N87 per litre) claims and counter-claims between Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and marketers over so-called N159 billion subsidy payments and all state actors looking indifferent, Nigeria is the only country on earth which unacceptably and criminally denies its citizens basic sources of energy, fuel and electricity.’’

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