By Valentine Amanze
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has kicked against the Nigerian government’s plot to remove the fuel subsidy, stressing that for such to be implemented, the government must ensure that local refineries were operational.
TUC gave the condition in a communiqué signed by its President, Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary-General, Musa-Lawal Ozigi, at the end of its National Executive Council meeting on Saturday.
While highlighting the “worrisome economic situation and the rising cost of living in the country”, the TUC advised both federal and state governments to put in place measures to ensure “food security and infrastructural development.”
It also directed its state councils and affiliates to prepare for “industrial actions” if the government goes ahead with its removal plans without meeting the conditions.
“The Proposal by National Council of State on the final removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) as from June 2022 should take into consideration the attendant economic impact on the masses,” the TUC stated.
“There must be assurances that refineries are fully overhauled and establishment of modular refineries encouraged.”
The trade congress also stated that the effective policing of the nation’s borders to stem the rate of petroleum products smuggling must also be implemented.
The Nigerian government had hinted that it might end the subsidy programme in June but the move had been opposed in several quarters.