Workers Protest Against Soaring Fuel Prices and Economic Hardships

Workers Protest Against Soaring Fuel Prices and Economic Hardships

The Plateau Chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has joined nationwide protests against soaring fuel prices and escalating economic hardships.

Mr. Eugene Manji, Chairman of the Plateau NLC, expressed grave concerns over the dire economic situation, attributing it to the removal of oil subsidies in May 2023.

“Today, I am shocked to tell you there is more than 700 Naira per liter of PMS,” stated Manji, highlighting the staggering increase in fuel prices.

He emphasized the far-reaching implications of these hikes, affecting every aspect of life for Nigerians.

“The harsh condition affects everyone, from parents to students and children, directly or indirectly,” Manji added, underscoring the urgent need for government intervention before the situation spirals out of control.

Despite challenges, the NLC remains resolute in its commitment to peaceful protests. Prof. Kiri Jaryum, ASUU Chairman, Unijos branch, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of unity among Nigerian workers in demanding their rights.

“We will resist these tribulations and continue to live. We will not only live, but we will live better,” proclaimed Jaryum, rallying for solidarity in the face of adversity.

Mr. Anthony Joro, SSANU Chairman Unijos branch, highlighted the gravity of the economic hardships faced by workers, urging collective action to ensure a better future.

Some years ago, our minimum wage was 30,000, and a bag of rice goes for less than 6,000. Then today, a bag of rice is going for N70,000 to N100,000. Even with local rice, we cannot afford it again. I was so surprised this morning when I was told that a cup of sugar now costs 400 naira.

“My fellow workers, you must know that this clarion call is necessary for us to survive. Let us all support our leadership to continue to fight for our good,’’ Joro added.

The protest was declared by the national body of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), on Feb. 16, to draw government’s attention to the sufferings of the masses, especially workers.

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