…Gives NNPCL June 7 For Ultimatum
By Ikenwa Charity
Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has threatened to withdraw its services if Nigerian National Petroleum Company, Limited, NNPCL fails to reverse the new prices of Fuel across the country.
A statement by Shuaibu Usman Leman, Walin Shadalafiya, National Secretary of the union, an emergency Central Working Committee meeting of its members convened online today, Saturday, June 3, 2023, to discuss issues surrounding the decision by Federal Government to remove Fuel Subsidy and the position taken by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
After presentations by the National President, Chris Isiguzo, and the National Treasurer Bamidele Atunbi on the position taken by NLC on the matter, members unanimously adopted the position of NLC on the issue.
The stated noted that the CWC reiterated the argument that though, the removal of fuel subsidy will free allocations which can be channeled to the provisions of infrastructure and creation of additional jobs.
They expressed surprise over the sudden removal, saying it could lead to social unrests and protests, as people may perceive Government as being insensitive to their plight.
CWC also noted that already there is an astronomical increase in the prices of petroleum products and high inflation which have drastically reduced the purchasing power of citizens.
Accordingly, CWC directed all State Councils of the Union to mobilise members to withdraw their services and commence protests nationwide from Wednesday next week, 7th June, 2023, if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, NNCPL, refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector.
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