Organised Labour in the country led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said that it will not support any move by the government to inflict further hardship on Nigerian workers through the removal of subsidy from petroleum products.
Both houses of the National Assembly had passed the 2015 appropriation bill without allocating any money for subsidy payment, a clear indication that government was preparing for full scale removal of subsidy on petroleum products.
The Deputy President of the NLC and chairman of the joint May Day celebration of the NLC and TUC, Peter Adeyemi, told journalists that organised Labour believes that government has never subsidised petroleum products.
He said the bane of the sector has been corruption, pointing out that past government tried without success to address the issue, saying they don’t have the mandate to support the removal of petroleum products.
“If you are asking whether we will back the removal of fuel subsidy, the answer is no. It is not as easy as that. You know that it has been a very contentious issue over the years. We have always said that there is nothing like subsidy. It is all about corruption.”