Fuel Subsidy Removal: Nigeria electricity workers to embark on nationwide strike

The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) yesterday directed its members to withdraw their services nationwide over the sudden removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.

The NUEE, in a notice signed by its acting General Secretary, Dominic Igwebike, urged its members to comply with the directive and stop work from the early hours of Wednesday.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, in his inaugural address at Eagle Square, Abuja, declared that there would no longer be a petroleum subsidy regime as it was not sustainable.

Following the announcement, the NNPCL on Wednesday directed its outlets nationwide to sell fuel between N480 and N570 per litre, an almost 200 per cent increase from the initial price below N200.

In its reaction on Friday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced it would embark on a nationwide protest next Wednesday if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector. 

Reacting in a letter to its member on Sunday, the NUEE said its decision was a sequel to the NLC emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, held on 2 June at the Labour House Abuja, over the sudden removal of fuel subsidy, which it said brought untold hardship to Nigerians as well as increased inflation in the economy.

“To this effect, all National, State and Chapter executives are requested to start the mobilisation of our members in total compliance with this directive. Please note that withdrawal of services nationwide commences from 0.00 hours of Wednesday, June 7, 2023”, the statement said.

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