The Stand Up Nigeria (SUN), a coalition of 50 other civil society organizations has commended unions who reneged on the planned strike against the fuel price increase.
SUN praised the unions for shunning the strike being called upon by a faction of NLC, describing it as a needless venture that was arranged to service the interest of a few minority.
National Cordinator of (SUN), Comrade Philip Agbese while reacting to the outcome of the meeting between the federal government and labour said it is obvious that patriotic Nigerians have resolved to support the current administration’s deregulation policy.
He said the action of the Federal Government at the first instance is in the best interest of the larger population of the people and no amount of intimidation should cow President MuhammaduBuhari into submission.
According to Agbese, Nigerians have since realised that a strike action is not in their best interest, adding that the anti-deregulation supporters are economic saboteurs who are working against the interest of the generality of Nigerians.
Agbese said by standing on the side of the people and supporting the deregulation, the factional NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero has shown that he is a true leader of the NLC and should lead the labour movement in Nigeria.
He accused the AyubaWabba faction of not doing anything to protect workers rights, saying “workers are being owed several months salaries and the NLC did not go on strike.”
He argued that subsidy only enriches a few and impoverish the larger population.
According to him, the N1.2 trillion paid out as subsidy in 2015 budget, if properly invested in other sectors should have built more infrastructures and created jobs.
He said, “As I speak, we have received the casket that signifies the final death of “subsidy” which has been used to milk the resources of this country by a certain minute minority and it shall be formally interned by 2pm today in the full glare of the Nigerian media for all to see that this epidemic will never visit us again in the nearest future.”
He also commended the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) who he said saw reasons and pulled out of the strike.
According to him, more Nigerians trust the President MuhammaduBuhari administration to judiciously use the funds realised from removal of the corrupt subsidy regime to improve their welfare.
He however urged the federal government to quickly ensure that the palliatives put in place to cushion the effect of the price increment are disbursed transparently so as to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians