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We wont protest hike in petrol, electricity tariffs- Ayuba Wabba

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says the organised labour will soon come out with

a position on the recent increases in prices of fuel and electricity.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos

on Saturday in reaction to the increases in the prices of petrol and electricity.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) announced that the pump

price of premium motor spirit (petrol) has been increased to N151, 60 per litre from

N145 with effect from September 2.

Also, electricity tariff was increased effective September 1 by the Nigerian

Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) from N30.23 per one kwh to N62.33.

Mr Wabba, who spoke on the issues, said the organised labour would not protest until

the Central Working Committee met and agreed on appropriate action.

“Labour takes one battle at a time; it does not make announcement without backing

its action,” he said.

He noted that NLC had remained consistent on neo-liberal policies, and would take

appropriate action in respect of the increases in order to achieve desired result.

He also said that it was high time Nigeria started refining products locally to solve

importation challenges.

On the suspended planned protest against the Rivers government, Mr Wabba said

there was need to mend fences between the state and labour to ensure harmonious


According to him, the will of the people should not always be taken for granted “as

injury to one is injury to all”.

The NLC president called on other state governments to take appropriate steps

toward addressing labour issues so as to avoid the wrath of the organised labour.

“We will take up any state that undermines the rights of workers. Workers should be

conscious of their rights; there is synergy and we will confront recalcitrant employers

to respect the law so that we don’t give room for sudden situations to rise,” Mr

Wabba said.

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