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NLC Issues 12-day Ultimatum To FG Over Fuel Price, Electricity Tariff Hike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a two-week ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse its decision on the increase in electricity tariff and the fuel pump price or face civil unrest nationwide.

Recall that the government had two weeks ago increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N138.62 to N147.67, prompting marketers to adjust their petrol prices to between N158 and N162 from N148 to N150 in August. The ex-depot price is the price at which government sells petrol to marketers.

The hike in fuel price also came at a time electricity distribution companies increased their tariffs.

In a communiqué read by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday, after the union’s Central Working Committee meeting in Abuja, the congress said the ultimatum would take immediate effect.

The NLC warned that it would mobilise its members nationwide for protests as from September 28.

In an interview, Wabba said the national executive committee members and the state chapters as well as affiliates would meet on September 28 to decide on the strike action if the government failed to revert to the old prices by then.

“Today’s (Wednesday) decision on the ultimatum was taken by the Central Working Committee of the NLC,” he said.

“So, we have summoned the NEC to meet on Tuesday, September 22, for the action that is being proposed for 28th of this month. So, invariably, this is part of the decision of the Central Working Committee consisting of all Presidents and Secretary Generals of our affiliate unions.”

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