The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has warned that there’s is a limit to what Nigerians can tolerate, stating that the increase in fuel price from between N158 and 162 per litre to N168 and N170 has worsened the level of anguish in the country.
It noted that the increase in the price of petrol was “ against the spirit and content ” of what organised labour agreed with government at the last negotiations over the last fuel price increase .
In a statement by the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, on Monday, with Congress cautioning “that there was a limit to what the citizens could tolerate if these abysmal increases in the price of refined petroleum products and other essential goods and services continued.”
It added that “Nigerians cannot be made to bleed endlessly for the failures of successive government to properly manage our refineries, ensure value for money for the numerous Turn Around Maintenance (TAM), which were poorly and barely executed.”
The NLC pointed out would ensure that the cost of supplying crude oil is negotiated away from the prevailing international market rate and thus lead to reduced landing cost .
The congress underlined the need for the government to stamp out the smuggling of petroleum products out of the country and prosecute smugglers.
It stated , “ We need to see big -time petroleum smugglers arraigned in the court of law and made to pay for their crimes against the Nigerian people . Government has the resources available to it to ensure this economic justice to Nigerians .
“ The question in the minds of many Nigerians is whether the government is willing to go against major financiers of the major political parties known to the public as the architects of the current national woe . ”
The union said it was strange for the nation to depend on the Dangote refinery to satisfy the nation ’s petrol needs , emphasizing the need for a review of the process of licensing for modular and bigger refineries.
It stated , “ In line with our recent agreement with the government , we will be receiving updates in the next few days from our unions in the petroleum sector which have been given the mandate to keep surveillance on government promise to overhaul our public refineries .
“ We will also receive updates from our representatives in the electricity review committee . The updates we receive will determine whether the government has kept to its side of the bargain which is to take serious steps to recover and reposition our public refineries.
“ The outcome of this engagement will determine our response in the coming days . But while we are at that , we condemn the recent price increase and we call for its reversal with immediate effect. ”