The Nigerian Labour Congress have earlier threatened to go on strike if the federal government fails to review the fuel subsidy removal and subsequently hike in PMS to #145.
Today, the Nigerian Labour Congress have sent a memo through Nigeria Union of local government employees directing all workers to embark on an indefinite strike and subsequently protest slated on Wednesday 18th of may, 2016.
However, Vanguard reports that the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association have faulted Labour Congress alleged indefinite Strike. They have further urged private sectors employees to ignore the strike directive by the Nigerian Labour Congress.
On Saturday,The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) said on Saturday it would stand strongly in support of the federal government’s resolve to fully deregulate the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, told reporters in Abuja that the policy, which resulted in the hike in petrol price from N86.50 per litre to N145, was rejected because it was “unrealistic, unaffordable, and unacceptable.”
But, NAAPE, in a contrasting opinion, described the deregulation policy as a step in the right direction, pointing out that although it was long overdue, it was better late than never.
National President, Isaac Balami, who commended the government for the bold decision, said the subsidy scheme was extremely fraud-prone, adding that trying to reform the process was like “attempting to reform Satan (devil) – an impossibility task”.
The removal of the fuel subsidy by the federal Government have been louded by some Nigerians while a host of tgers have critised the move on the bases that the poor masses will be the ones suffering in the current situation.