Nigerians from diverse groups on Thursday, rejected the call by the country’s organized labour to mobilize against the new pump price.
Rather, the labour is urged to focus on its agitation for minimum wage increase, instead of a new pump price, which Nigerians according to them have been indirectly contending with since the fuel scarcity began four months ago.
In a current affairs radio programme, “Day Break show on Rocky City FM” monitored in Abeokuta, on Thursday, about 80% of the callers rejected the agitation by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) to protest against removal of the subsidy, while 20 % said they were ready to join the protest.
Callers in support of the NLC’s stand faulted government stand, as one remarked that, “Nigerians were not adequately carried along before taking the decision.”
Few others claimed that since the immediate past government attempted it and was rejected, the present administration should also not continue with it. “For the likes of Tinubu and Fashola who spearheaded the rejection then, it is a shame to them now,” Alhaji Power disclosed, as he was even cautioned of supporting labour’s stand.
However, majority who rejected labour protest move declared that, the deregulation should be done with once and for all, “as few rich Nigerians are even the beneficiaries, while ordinary masses are still paying far above the N86 to buy the fuel.
“It is going to come with pains no doubt, but, we have to settle for it for now. Since about four months now, we have been buying this fuel between N120 and N200, what did NLC do? I will just implore the government to ensure that they get the product available at its filling stations,” Waheed Quadri said.