Despite the recent sudden increase of the pump price of petrol, the Leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC, and other Labour bodies, have kept sealed lips over the development, Page 36 learnt.
The President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government, on Friday morning, announced a hike in the price of petrol, bringing it to N170 per litre, from around N160 per litre, the day before.
Barely a month ago, the Labour Leaders and the Federal Government signed an agreement on the issue of fuel price increase, and hike in electricity tariff.
However, one of the respected voices and former President of the NLC, Hassan Sunmonu, in his response, described the increase as ill-timed, and chided the Federal Government for being unfair to Nigerians.
Sunmonu said that the latest increase was uncalled for “at this very critical time”, especially with the difficulties Nigerians are currently going through.
“They cannot just wake up one night, and decide that this thing should happen. It is very unfair to the Nigerian people, and should not be. I am positively against it, and I think it is ill-timed and uncalled for at this particular time, with the difficulties Nigerians are going through at the current time.
“So, if their Economists say it is correct, then politically and socially, the timing is wrong”, he said.
On his advice to the current Labour Leaders, and how to go about this while many Nigerians are blaming Labour for not leading workers and Nigerians to resist the increase, Sunmonu said: “I will only confine myself to my own opinion.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians have expected the NLC and other Labour bodies to lead the struggle in form of protests and strike, to resist the incessant increase in fuel price, irrespective of negotiation and agreement reached with the government.
Some sections of the public have criticised Labour for not embarking on a nationwide protest, to force the reversal of fuel price increase, while Labour has consistently put the interest of its members first.
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