The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has stated that it will not shift its stance on the elimination of gasoline subsidies.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, the leadership of the NLC and other left-leaning supporters of the Labour Party (LP) were dared to be honest about the stance of their flagbearer, Peter Obi, by the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.
According to the campaign council, Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the ruling party, promised to end fuel subsidies if elected in 2023.
Ayuba Wabba, the president of the NLC, responded by saying that the organization’s labor will utilize a meticulous process to develop a Nigerian Workers’ Charter of Demands to participate in politics.
They explained that as they have stated in the past the NLC strongly believe that to deal with the fuel subsidy situation in the country they have to get the refineries to work.
He said; “A major demand in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands is that our local public refineries must work.
“We have also demanded that we must stop 100 per cent importation of refined petroleum products.
“The NLC and indeed the labour movement in Nigeria had over many decades been vehemently consistent that the only way to address the issue of the so-called petrol subsidies is to get our refineries to work.
“The logic is very simple: it is not economical to buy from abroad at very expensive prices a product that a country like ours can easily produce at home.”
He reiterated that the congress thought the only way to end Nigeria’s economic nightmares of rapid depletion of limited foreign exchange reserves was to turn it from its current course of a consumption economy to a production economy.
According to Wabba, if this goal were reached, the Naira’s decline versus the dollar would be reversed, and there would be less poverty, unemployment, and a decline in people’s living conditions.
“In a determined effort to popularise the positions in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands, the NLC and TUC at the behest of the Labour Party on Monday and Tuesday hosted a National Retreat of the leadership cadres in our movement.
“At the retreat, the Labour Party and Organised Labour in Nigeria adopted and mainstreamed the Workers Charter of Demands into the Manifesto of the Labour Party.
“This is in line with our persuasion that issue-based campaigns anchored on the manifesto of political parties should drive Nigeria’s political process.
“If any political party goes around saying that they plan to sell our refineries, remove subsidies, they should be ready to defend such stance to Nigerians at the campaigns,” he added.
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