The Nigerian Labour Congress and the House of Representatives have rejected the call by the new Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, for the removal of fuel subsidy, saying that the removal of subsidy will impose more suffering and pains on Nigerians.
Rather, they challenged the NNPC boss that rather than being the mouthpiece and promoting the interests of oil barons and multinational oil companies, he should focus on the job given to him by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the nation’s four refineries start working at optimum capacity, new ones are built and to clean up the corruption in the NNPC.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday disclosed that its National Executive Council (NEC) has approved September 10 as the definitive day on which it will galvanise its members to undertake a one-day nationwide rally against corrupt practices and its perpetrators in Nigeria.
NLC’s president, Ayuba Wabba, stated this in his remarks at the ongoing national leadership retreat of the congress in Calabar, Cross River State. The retreat has as its theme: “Returning to our founding principles.”
Wabba explained that the planned nationwide rally is aimed at notifying elected politicians at both the federal and state governments of workers’ discontent with the spate of corrupt practices in the country.
He also stated that in undertaking the rally, Nigerian workers hope to lend their support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at cleaning up the system from corrupt practices.
While insisting that the rally had become necessary following his claims that there are several interests in the country that are scheming to frustrate Buhari’s anti-corruption efforts, Wabba called on members of the recently constituted presidential advisory committee on corruption to learn from the 22-man Justice Muhammed Uwais committee that was constituted by the last government on electoral reforms, and honestly undertake their tasks.
Also, in support of NLC’s planned rally, members of the House of Representatives, through the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, indicated their willingness to participate in the rally if invited by the congress.