Subsidy: Mobilise for protests, NLC directs affiliates, CSOs

Subsidy: Mobilise for protests, NLC directs affiliates, CSOs
Ayuba Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed its members, affiliate unions, and civil society partners to prepare for the planned January 27 and February 1 nationwide protests against the proposed removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

The congress also asked its affiliates nationwide to mobilise their members for the rallies and ensure total compliance with the nationwide protests.

This was the highlight of the meeting with leaders of civil society organizations presided over by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba,  at the Labour House, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

A member of the Central Working Committee, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the presidents and general secretaries of the affiliate unions pledged to mobilise their members for the protests.

The labour leader said, “We have been asked to go and mobilise our members across the country ahead of the planned protests for January 27.

“Every union has been asked to mobilise as many members as possible for the protests so that it will be very outstanding. Mammoth crowd is what we need for the planned protests.

“Every union president and general secretary have pledged their support for the planned protests.

“The CSOs are working together with labour. The CSOs we have been working with are with us in the January 27 planned protests.”

He said the organised labour would not allow the proposed fuel subsidy removal to stand, adding, “If it happens it will be very disastrous for all of us in this country.”

The Federal Government last year announced a plan to remove fuel subsidies by the first quarter of this year.

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