Fuel hike: It’s cruel, height of insensitivity – Ondo workers lament

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By Abdul Babajide

Workers in Ondo State have described as wicked and the height of insensitivity the recent hike in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known as petrol, to N617 per litre.

The workers under the aegis of organised labour, comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC, and Joint Negotiating Committee, JNC, fumed after an emergency meeting in Akure, the state capital, that Nigerians were grappling with the impacts of the removal of subsidies while the pump price was hiked again by 25 percent.

They demanded that the state government urgently roll out palliatives for the people and also pay all outstanding salaries and allowances to workers.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the workers said, “The organised Labour in Ondo State, comprising NLC, TUC, and JNC rose from an emergency meeting held on July 19, 2023, seriously perturbed by the insensitive increase in the pump price of petroleum products in the country weeks after a similar exercise without any attendant palliative measures for the already pauperized workers and masses of our country.

“We consequently join well-meaning Nigerians in condemning in strong terms this wicked action of government, as it is beyond the reach of the majority of our people.”

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