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TUC rejects new petrol price regime, gives FG 5-day ultimatum

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TUC President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has given the federal government five days ultimatum to revert to old pump price.

TUC made the demand in a communique issued at the end of an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the Congress in Lagos.

Captured in few words, it gave the federal government up till May 18, 2016, to:

1. Abolish the new petrol price regime, 

2. Revert to the old pump price of petrol with immediate effect, and,

3. Invite the leadership of organised labour to deliberate on the way forward.

TUC said it will interface with the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Civil Society allies to work out action plans.

The plan would be to protest the insensitive fuel price hike.

The Communique signed by the President of Congress, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Ag Secretary-General Comrade Simeso Amachree reads: 

“The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at an emergency meeting held on Friday 13th May 2016 in Lagos deliberated extensively on the recent increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol by the Federal Government and passed the following resolutions.

– “The NEC-in-Session rejected in its entirety the astronomical increase in the price of petrol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre and demanded that the Government should revert to the old price regime with immediate effect.

– “The NEC in session gave the Federal Government up till Wednesday, 18th May, 2016 to invite the leadership of labour for discussion aimed at determining the appropriate way forward.

– “The NEC-in-Session also directed the leadership of the TUC to interface with the NLC and the Civil Society Allies to work out action plans that would be put in place to protest the insensitive fuel price hike should the Government fail to meet the Wednesday, 18th May, 2016 deadline”.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Labour Congress, counterpart of TUC is yet to take a conclusive stand on the fuel price increase.

That is owing to the fact that an earlier Press conference scheduled by the congress for 4.00pm to disclose the out of their emergency NEC meeting was rescheduled for 12.00 noon on Saturday.

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