The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced its plans to initiate a nationwide strike, scheduled to commence next Wednesday.
This decision comes as a response to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited’s failure to reverse the recently increased pump price for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
The NLC reached this resolution during an emergency National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja on Friday.
During his inaugural speech on May 29, 2023, President Bola Tinubu declared the removal of fuel subsidy, stating, “Subsidy is gone.” However, the President’s office later clarified that he was misquoted by certain media outlets.
Following Tinubu’s statement, panic buying ensued, leading to some petrol stations across the country charging as high as N600 per litre.
On May 31, 2023, the NNPCL announced new pump prices for each state. Subsequent discussions between government representatives and NLC officials failed to yield a resolution, resulting in a deadlock.
In a press briefing after the NEC meeting on Friday, Joe Ajaero, the national president of the NLC, informed journalists, “The NLC NEC has instructed all state councils and industrial unions to commence mobilization immediately.”