NUJ Plans to Join Strike against Fuel Subsidy

NUJ Plans to Join Strike against Fuel Subsidy

The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday after its virtual emergency Central Working Committee meeting, plans to withdraw its services across the country over the social unrest and hardship brought by the announcement of fuel subsidy removal by President Bola Tinubu.

The union in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman, “An emergency Central Working Committee meeting of the Union was convened online today, Saturday, June 3, 2023, to discuss issues surrounding the decision by the Federal Government to remove Fuel Subsidy and the position taken by the Nigeria Labour Congress.“

After presentations by the National President, Chris Isiguzo, and the National Treasurer Bamidele Atunbi on the position taken by NLC on the matter, members unanimously adopted the position of NLC on the issue.“CWC reiterates the argument that although the removal of fuel subsidy will free allocations which can be channelled to the provisions of infrastructure and creation of additional jobs,

the sudden removal could however lead to social unrests and protests as people may perceive government as being insensitive to their plight.“CWC also notes that already there is an astronomical increase in the prices of petroleum products and high inflation which have drastically reduced the purchasing power of citizens.

“Accordingly CWC directs all State Councils of the Union to mobilise members to withdraw their services and commence protests nationwide from Wednesday next week, 7th June, 2023, if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNCPL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector.”

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