The President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba and his executives are now between the rock and a hard place.
The federal government is accusing the leadership of the organized labour of not showing enough understanding on the policy of deregulating the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil industry, which makes increase in pump price of petrol inevitable
In Abuja on Monday, some Nigerians also called on the leadership of NLC to resign for caving in to the demands by the federal government to call off labour’s planned nationwide strike protesting the petrol price increase and upward review of electricity tariff.
Those who spoke to SignatureTv, accused the NLC leadership of a sellout because it failed to protect the interest of the ordinary Nigerians who are yet to recover from the adverse effect of the Covid-19 economic lockdown, while others praised the action of the organized labour for coming to agreement with the government and averting what they say would have been a national embarrassment especially with the Independence anniversary a few days away.
Meanwhile, business activities went on in Abuja on Monday with transporters, Petrol stations, government ministries, departments and agencies in full operation.
The Unity fountain, where organized labour had planned to rally Nigerian workers for a show of protest against the increases was deserted. only a police vehicle was parked at the precinct of the fountain, while Abuja residents went about their normal business.
The Nigerian Labour Congress and its sister organization the Trade Union Congress, had suspended the nationwide strike planned for Monday after a marathon meeting with officials of the federal government on Sunday night.
The federal government which obtained a court order on Friday asking organized labour not to go ahead with the strike also said that the hike in price of petrol will remain because of the economic situation of the nation makes the increase inevitable
The government however reversed the increase in electricity tariff for just a two week period to enable all the parties study and resolve if the new tariff regime is justified.
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