The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and counterpart Academic staff union of universities have called off its ‘disjointed’ Strike started on Monday, 16th May, 2016 over the Hike in Fuel Price from N86 to N145 as the Federal Government removed fuel subsidy. The decision to suspend the strike was taken at an emergency meeting of the NLC’s National Executive Committee in Abuja on Sunday. The Council has also resolved to resume negotiation with the government on the issue of the increase in the electricity tariff in addition to the increase in fuel price henceforth. See communique after the cut . . .
Owing to the fact that the Academic staff Union of universities, ASUU joined the NLC strike, The Union has also called off its One-week old strike. Hence, All Nigerian University students can now go back to their various institutions to continue their study.
The NLC has released a communique at the end of the meeting on Sunday, The communique below:
An emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) held today, Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Bolton White Hotels, Abuja on the on-going protest action against the increase in pump price of petroleum products and hike in electricity tariff. NEC reviewed the protest action and its impact across the nation, noting the sacrifices of its members, response of the generality of Nigerians, government’s attitude and the brutality of the police in some states. NEC took special notice of the Ebonyi State Police Command where our members were intimidated, harassed, arrested and detained unjustly.
After an exhaustive deliberation, NEC noted its protest action was informed by the twin issues of the unjustified and illegal hike in electricity tariff and increase in the pump price of petroleum products. NEC adjudged the protest action to be a success in spite of both internal and external challenges.
NEC reiterated the correctness of its position on the twin-issues of electricity tariff hike and astronomical increase in the pump price of PMS and the hardship they portend for Nigerian masses.
NEC also acknowledged that the temptation to compare the strike action with that of 2012 could be compelling but that the scenario had changed as both the actors and the terrain were different.
NEC said before it had embarked on the action, it had anticipated a probable outcome and therefore was not surprised by government’s negative response. Nonetheless, it felt fulfilled by having the presence of mind and courage to identify its mission and fulfilling it, stressing that if a similar situation arises again, it will still rise and stand with the people.
NEC therefore commended those who took part in the action in one way or the other and reaffirm its commitment to the struggle. The action, it reiterated was taken in the best interest of the poor and the weak and in drawing government’s attention to the dangers of relying on importation of petroleum products as a sustainable strategy for making available petroleum products. It expressed the belief that in the days ahead, time would prove its position right.
Congress singled out for commendation, its state councils, affiliates and other patriotic Nigerians who at very short notice picked up the gauntlet for this struggle. Congress commends the leadership of the National Assembly and All Progressives Congress led by Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
In consideration of the above, NEC after due consultation with its constituents resolved to suspend with immediate effect, the action it commenced on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. The action is thus hereby suspended.
Congress will resume negotiations with government on the twin issues of the hike in electricity tariff and an increase in the pump price of petroleum products and any other issue that may arise thereof.
It similarly remains committed to genuine dialogue within the framework of internationally established and recognized principles of representation.
The Congress will continue to resist wrong legislations, policies and programmes and will always act in the best interest of Nigerians as it remains the only pan Nigerian organisation not affected by religion, region, creed, partisanship or primordial sentiments.
The Congress urges the government to play by the rules in its engagement with its constituent parts, stakeholders and non-state actors as proof of its commitment to deepening our democracy and also in acknowledgment of the well-worn credo that what goes around, comes around.
The Congress also urges the citizenry to be vigilant at all times as the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
The Congress commends all Nigerians for their understating and support.
-Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni.
-Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson
(President General Secretary)
Below are some of the comments by concerned Nigerians over the suspension of the NLC/ASUU strike:
- Following deliberations on the state of affairs in the nation and following pleas by well – meaning stakeholders, we hereby inform you that the NLC strike is hereby suspended. We thank all affiliates and Local councils for their mobilizations, support and commitment to the struggle to emancipate the common man.
WE SHALL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS. – Nigerian
- The announced suspension of the strike is belated because the so-called strike failed woefully even before it started. From the North to the South and from the East to the West, the strike didn’t yield the desired results. After all, NLC is a house divided against itself, needless to talk about having any positive synergy with other sister trade unions. So, the so-called strike was bound to fail, and it did fail. – Nigerian
- Establish labor filling stations in all 36 states of the federation inclusive of Abuja, resolve problems with osun workers , address Niger delta and boko Haram issues , discuss PHCN exorbitant prices. Where is labor when the nation budget was missing? – Nigerian
- Rubbish!!!!! is quite clear that there wasn’t strike in the first place. While will NLC call off strike when thier demands hasn’t been met yet?. The price of PMS is still #145 per litter electricity price still the same and price of goods in the market still very outrageous. what is the bases for all the noise in the first place? Sometimes I wonder if there will ever be change in this current government….people should not be afraid to demand for their right most especially when everything is not working right. – Nigerian
- How could you call strike because government increased the fuel price to N145/litre when petrol has been selling for between N110-130/litre in Oyo state for over 1 year? It has been selling for close to N200/litre in cross rivers for over 6 months. It has been selling at between N110-250/litre in many parts of Nigeria without a whimper from NLC. I know NLC has been existing long before now, so what happened then? to me NLC are useless and they are not there for masses….Life goes – Nigerian