The Union Congress (TUC) responded to the deliberate improve within the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly referred to as gasoline, after the rise within the worth of crude oil to $ 60 per barrel.
The TUC questioned why the Federal Authorities was fast to consult with the rise in oil costs, nevertheless it takes weeks or months to implement the agreements signed with Organized Labor.
In keeping with the congress, the present authorities has no mercy on the poor.
In an announcement entitled ‘Why do you all the time discuss to us shortly about rising oil costs?’ the TUC criticized authorities officers for his or her “carefree perspective and indifference to the scenario of Nigerians.
The assertion, which was signed by Comrade Quadri Olaleye, President of TUC, mentioned: “The Nigeria Commerce Union Congress (TUC) expressed shock over the current assertion credited to the Ministry of Petroleum in regards to the current improve within the worth of oil on the worldwide market.
“The query is why the federal government is all the time in a rush to tell us in regards to the rise in oil costs within the worldwide market and the necessity to improve the worth of PMS, nevertheless it takes weeks and generally months to implement the settlement made with the Hand of Organized Work? Every part factors to at least one factor: they haven’t any mercy on the poor on this nation.
“With each transfer and assertion by authorities officers, you can see and really feel his carefree and detached perspective to our scenario.
“It appears that evidently they aren’t bothered by the scenario of poverty in Nigerians and the scenario of unemployment / insecurity that their disagreeable insurance policies have created within the nation. There may be nothing honorable in what the Minister mentioned.
“Nigeria is among the many six oil-producing international locations on the earth. There are reviews that our oil is likely one of the finest, giving us a bonus over others.
“Sadly, we did not reap the benefits of that. Now we have 4 refineries that do not work. Why are they not practical and why is the federal government turning a blind eye to this?
“The refusal to serve them is the explanation why the nation is topic to the vagaries and volatility of oil costs within the worldwide market.
“Nigeria now is determined by refineries in Dangote and the Republic of Niger to produce us with gasoline! Dangote is a person, whereas the Republic of Niger has a lot much less inhabitants than Lagos. The ache that the nation’s lots endure is pointless. It’s created artificially.
“TUC, not organized labor, is severely attempting to keep away from a serious industrial disaster. We tighten our belts so tightly that we’re having bother respiratory, however the authorities would not appear to care. The federal government’s knee is round our neck and we’re calling on them to vary their minds ”.