The Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, has denounced the new petrol pump price regime as provocative and intended to make the poverty and hardship that Nigeria is currently experiencing worse.
“We woke up this morning (Tuesday) to the news that NNPCL has increased the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from the previously draconian N500/liter to N617/litre,” the NLC stated in a statement by its president, Joe Ajaero.This is in spite of the pain and suffering that Nigerians experienced as a result of the initial spike on May 29, which was President Tinubu’s gift to Nigerians upon his inauguration.
“An 18 percent increase in the price of fuel at this time of great difficulties for our people is sadistic and totally unacceptable.
“The NLC considers this most insensitive and horrendous and smirks of a triumphalism by this government against the masses of this country.
“It looks like a feeling by those in government that the people have become a conquered people that they can treat anyhow they like without repercussions and this demonstrates why it has taken pleasure in inflicting more and more pains and sorrow on the people.
“We strongly condemn this latest unilateral increase and warn the government to desist from trying the patience of Nigerians.
“What the government has done is capable of pushing Nigerian people to the edge of the precipice and can trigger a raging fire that may overwhelm whatsoever mechanisms the government thinks it has put in place as safeguards.”