Wednesday, 25 November 2015

NLC To Embark On Protests Over Fuel Scarcity

The continuous fuel scarcity rocking the country could take a new turn as members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are bracing up for a nationwide showdown over the inability of the nation’s oil company to solve the recurring fuel shortage bedeviling the nation.

This call is coming against the backdrop of the country’s unfavourable economic situations which has been aggravated by the continuous petrol shortage and high transportation fares Nigerians pay to get to their work places.

Reports have it that some executive members of the union are involved in constant meetings in order to inform other members regarding the strike action.

Also, the workers will make their plight known to the national executive council of the nation’s foremost labour body. This will further inform the labour leaders on the need to take urgent actions as per the welfare of the workers in relation to the hardship caused by the fuel scarcity.

One of the senators representing Abia state, Eyinnaya Abaribe has also spoken about the lingering fuel shortage. He urged the upper chambers to summon President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the Senate and explain the reasons for the lingering scarcity in the country.

On Tuesday, November 24, some unnamed labour leaders who spoke with newsmen issued a warning that if an immediate solution is not provided to end the scarcity issue on time, the possibility of a nationwide strike is in no doubt. They said the reason for this impending showdown is to end the hardship of the poor citizens.

In his statements regarding worker’s condition, Comrade Waheed Olojede who heads NLC in Oyo state said the continuous fuel scarcity crisis is a national disaster.

Olojede advised all tiers of the government to quickly do something in order to end the recurring petrol shortage. He emphasised that it has put the workers in difficult situation.

The Oyo state labour leader further stated that workers in the state are unable to go to work anymore due to hike in transport fares. He added that the multiplier effect on the workers’ financial strength is enormous, especially when their salaries cannot be guaranteed on a monthly basis.