The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is organizing a statewide protest, and the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, claims to have organized at least 2 million people in the region to participate.
According to DAILY POST, due to the difficulty caused by the loss of the fuel subsidy, the National Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have set Wednesday (today) aside for a strike and widespread mass protests.
The two-day meeting between the Federal Government and organized labor that concluded in an impasse on Tuesday was the catalyst for the decision.
The NLC and TUC are calling for palliatives and other actions to lessen the impact of the elimination of fuel subsidies on Nigerians.
The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, addressed the anticipated demonstration on Tuesday and stated in a statement that organized labor had no justification to postpone the anticipated nationwide demonstration.
After another round of negotiations broke down at the Presidential Steering Committee on Palliatives meeting held at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, Ajaero spoke shortly after.
In support of the NLC’s action, COSEYL said in a statement released on Wednesday by its President General, Goodluck Ibem, that its members were fully behind it and emphasized that the protest was necessary due to the intolerable suffering being experienced by Nigerians.
We have rallied two million of our members to completely support the national demonstration being organized by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and other organizations in the nation, the message says in part.
“Fuel and other petroleum goods are essential for Nigeria’s economy to run, thus any decision or policy that raises the price of these products will have a significant negative impact on Nigerians.
In order to prevent Nigerians from going extinct as a result of the pain and suffering they are currently experiencing, we thus promise our unwavering support for the protest.