The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday lamented an alleged plot between petroleum products marketers and the Federal Government to increase fuel prices through a carefully programmed scarcity, but vowed that the organisation will resist any planned increase.
Rising from an emergency meeting of its Central Working Committee in Abuja, the NLC, in a communique signed by its President, Abdulwahed Ibrahim Omar, and acting General Secretary, Chris Uyot, also endorsed its report to the National Conference and resolved to focus on core labour issues at the gathering in working with “organisations of like minds to make a robust presentation at the conference.”
Excerpts from the communique:
“The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) met on Thursday 6th March, 2014 in Abuja.
After an exhaustive deliberation it:
1. Endorsed the report of the Congress to the National Conference;
Accepted to focus on national and core labour issues;
Resolved to work with organisations of like minds to make a robust presentation at the conference;
2. The CWC condemned the present nation-wide fuel shortage, describing it as a cruel conspiracy between the government and the marketers to impose hardship and trauma on the poor and hapless Nigerians with a view to ostensibly increasing fuel prices;
Any attempt to further engender hardship on the working people through increase in fuel prices will be resisted by the labour movement.
Accordingly, the CWC called on government to stop this subterfuge and take all necessary action immediately to restore full and uninterrupted supply of petroleum products to consumers across the country;
3. The CWC condemned the murder of innocent school children in Yobe, and the unrelenting killings and brigandage in Borno State and renewed its call on the government to save further loss of lives by devising an imaginative and enduring strategy that could curb the menace of Boko Haram;
4. The CWC formally announced the death of one of its former Acting General Secretaries, Comrade Aloysius Morgan Anigbo, who passed on to higher glory on February 26, 2014 at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu during a brief illness.
Comrade Anigbo was the pioneer Head of Organisation of the Congress in 1978 and worked tirelessly with other comrades in extreme sacrifice to nurture and build the NLC. He was retired after the unfortunate intervention of the Abacha regime in the affairs of the NLC in 1994.
Comrade Anigbo was an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).”