Fuel price hike: Irresponsible government action must be rescinded – JAF

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By Ramat

The Joint Action Front (JAF) has declared support for the proposed strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the fuel price hike.

Recall that the Federal Government last week increased the fuel pump price from N86 to N145 per litre.

At the press briefing that took place in Lagos on Tuesday, the Secretary General of JAF, Comrade Aremu Abiodun said there was no going back on strike action.

His words, “Since the government unilaterally impose the fuel hike on the masses from N86 to N145 the strike will also commences from 12am tomorrow Wednesday 18th of May.”

Aremu however berated the Federal Government for unilaterally increasing tariff without seeking the consent of Nigerians.

“The government increased tariffs without the consent of the masses and also the masses can’t be put at the extreme to pay for what they didn’t eat.

“So there is need to carry the masses along, even though some people are siphoning the money that is why every irresponsible government must be cautioned.”

He also stated that the strike was not for fuel price hike alone but also of hike of electricity tariff.

“The strike action is basically on two issues which are reversal in hike of electricity tariff, and fuel subsidy. The strike will continue or there would be an agreement to the NLC demand.

“Everything about subsidy is scam the workers must not be deceived and the government needs to be challenged, there is increment in everything yet the minimum wage of the workers are not been increased,” he said.

 

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