Fuel increase: TUC gives FG Wednesday deadline


THE Trade Union Congress (TUC) yesterday gave the Federal Government up till Wednes­day, May 18, 2016 to invite the leadership of labour for discussion aimed at determining the appropriate way forward in the on-going crisis surrounding the fuel pump price in­crease.

This is even as the labour centre insisted that the government should revert to the old price regime with immediate effect. In a com­muniqué issued at the end of an emergency meeting of the Congress highest organ, the National Executive Council (NEC) and joint­ly signed by the President, Bobboi Bala Kai­gama and Acting Secretary General, Simeso Amachree, TUC said it rejected in its entirety the astronomical increase in the price of pet­rol from N86.50 per litre to N145 per litre.

“The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) at an emergency meeting held on Fri­day in Lagos deliberated extensively on the recent increase in the price of Premium Mo­tor Spirit (PMS) also known as petrol by the Federal Government”, the statement said.

The leadership of the Congress at the meet­ing also directed the leadership of the TUC to interface with the Nigeria Labour Congress (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, deadline.

Meanwhile the joint leadership of the Pe­troleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Associ­ation of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Work­ers (NUPENG), at its meeting yesterday ex­pressed that the recent price deregulation has its benefits in the immediate and near future.

It however stated that the Federal Govern­ment should engage the stakeholders to work out a clear direction on how to reinvest the gains into the economy to cushion the effect of the price.


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