…By Dorcas Funmi for TDPel Media.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has scheduled a meeting with the Federal Government to discuss the removal of fuel subsidy.
The NLC National President, Joe Ajaero, revealed this during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
Meeting Scheduled to Address Fuel Subsidy Removal:
The NLC has arranged a meeting with the Federal Government to address the issue of fuel subsidy removal.
The government has expressed its interest in discussing the matter with the labour union, following President Bola Tinubu’s decision to remove the subsidy.
The meeting is set to take place at 2 pm on Wednesday.
Importance of Discussion on Other Issues:
According to Joe Ajaero, the NLC National President, the meeting will cover other related topics.
Ajaero emphasizes that merely removing the fuel subsidy without considering the broader implications is insufficient.
He highlights the potential risks of leaving consumers at the mercy of market forces, allowing vendors to exploit the situation and sell products at exorbitant prices.
Ajaero stresses the importance of finding viable solutions and ensuring that essential commodities like garri (a staple food in Nigeria) remain accessible.
NLC’s Stance on Fuel Subsidy Removal:
Ajaero makes it clear that the NLC will not support the removal of fuel subsidy unless alternative measures are implemented.
He asserts that President Tinubu should have thoroughly examined the consequences of this decision for the Nigerian people.
The NLC President suggests that the government should have considered factors such as the repair of refineries and the provision of transportation alternatives for workers.
Ajaero argues that the pronouncement made by the President holds significant weight, and if necessary, the government should be open to reevaluating the policy.
Concerns Regarding the Impact on the People:
Ajaero raises concerns about the potential hardships caused by the removal of fuel subsidy.
He questions whether it is in the best interest of leadership to subject the people to suffering.
Ajaero advocates for a reduction in the people’s suffering and believes it is the responsibility of leaders to consider ways to alleviate their burdens.
The NLC’s meeting with the Federal Government regarding the removal of fuel subsidy highlights the concerns and alternative measures proposed by the labor union.
The NLC emphasizes the need for a comprehensive discussion that considers the broader implications and the potential hardships faced by the people.
They argue that alternative solutions, such as repairing refineries and providing transportation alternatives, should be explored before implementing such a policy.
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