The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has asked for the immediate reversal of the anti-people policies implemented by President Bola Tinubu.
In a press statement released on Sunday and shared on the labour union’s Twitter page, the union demanded that the federal government fix all local refineries to cater for the need of domestic fuel consumption.
The statement read, “The federal government should therefore deal decisively with the criminal content of subsidy instead of exposing the ordinary citizens to avoidable pain and hardship as a matter of urgent national importance, it is imperative to fix all our refineries to be able to cater for the domestic fuel consumption, further.”
“Government should go after parties associated with corruption such as over- invoicing, under delivery of products, over-estimation of national capacity, crude oil, swaps, smuggling and make them to account.”
The union also challenged the government’s decision to leave the naira to market forces.
“We are concerned that no government acting reasonably leaves its national currency to forces of the market government’s so-called merger of exchange rates even when it has nothing to export other than crude oil raised our debt stock to N81 trillion from N72 trillion and puts enormous pressure on local manufacturing capacity utilization. It also impacts negatively on the cost of locally produced goods and services as a lot of inputs are imported,” said the NLC.
“Finally, to address the raging revenue crisis, the government needs to deal decisively with crude oil theft and tax the rich progressively. It is time for the rich to make sacrifices. The poor have done enough, there is nothing more to give: we need to support poor and vulnerable Nigerians through structured and comprehensive social protection, there must be comprehensive government support for education and health sectors instead of commercializing them.”
The labour union kicked against the recent hike in the price of petrol and fees of federal government Colleges.