By Dare Ojelade
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has served notice of embarking on an indefinite strike as from Monday, 28 September, 2020.
The proposed strike was to make government rescind the decision to increase pump price of petrol as well as increase in electricity tariff.
The decision to embark on the indefinite strike was part of the communique reached at the end of an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the NLC which took place of Tuesday, 22 September, 2020 at its headquarters in Abuja.
The communique signed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary; rejected the hike describing it as ill-timed and counter-productive particularly at this Covid-19 period which has negatively affected the economy and the people.
The NLC stated that rather than embarking on total deregulation of the downstream petroleum sector, the government ought to have first repair all the refineries and put them to maximum use.
It also condemned the privatization of the power sector saying it has failed, while the government has received N400 billion from the transaction, it has spent N1.5 trillion on the reverse.