NLC Insist Local Public Refineries Must Work
*reject 100 percent importation of refined PM
The Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) has insisted that her position regarding the controversial subsidies on petroleum products is to ensure that local public Refineries are working .
President of the Congress , Comrade Ayuba Wabba while reacting to statement credited to Minister of State , Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo on alleged support for removal of subsidy by the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, said Labour reject 100 per cent importation of PMS
Wabba who said the organised Labour had presented her charter of demands which is been use to engage political processes in the country .
“In the statement, APC challenged the Nigeria Labour Congress over its seemingly support for the position of the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi on the heated issue of the removal of petrol subsidies.
First, we wish to commend the Honourable Minister of State for responding positively to earlier calls by the Nigeria Labour Congress that political parties must focus their engagement on the current electoral cycle campaigns on issues”.
The NLC president who advocated for an issues-based campaign ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections, assured that such move would address burning issues among others .
“We believe that an issues-based political campaign will help sieve the facts from fiction, address burning national issues, review the performance of those in government at all levels especially on the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals, improve Nigeria’s public accountability frameworks, prepare voters behaviour on Election Day away from the destructive lines of ethno-religious divide and defuse the looming political tension in the country.
“Second, in furtherance of the avowed position of the Nigeria Labour Congress on issues-based political campaign in the run up to the 2023 general election, we wish to state that Nigerian workers through a number of painstaking processes have been able to articulate a Nigerian Workers’ Charter of Demands which the NLC and TUC are using to engage the political process.
“A major demand in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands is that our local public refineries must work. We have also demanded that we must stop 100% importation of refined petroleum products.
“The NLC and the Labour movement in Nigeria has over many decades been vehemently consistent that the only way to address the issue of the so-called petrol subsidies is to get our refineries to work. The logic is very simple: it is atrocious to buy from abroad at very costly prices a product that a country like ours can easily and affordably produce at home.
“At the heart of our demand on the management of Nigeria’s mineral resources especially our downstream petroleum subsector is the issue of Production Economy.
“We believe that the transformation of Nigeria from the current ruinous path of Consumption Economy to Production Economy is the only way to resolve Nigeria’s nightmares of massive depletion of scarce foreign exchange reserve; continuous devaluation of the Naira; significant jobs haemorrhage and destruction, deepening of poverty and downturn in the living standards of our people.
“In a determined effort to popularise the positions in the Nigerian Workers Charter of Demands, the NLC and TUC at the behest of the Labour Party on September 12 – 13, 2022 participated in a National Retreat of the leadership of our movement.
“At the retreat, the Labour Party and Organized Labour in Nigeria adopted and mainstreamed the Workers Charter of Demands in the Manifesto of Labour Party. This is in line with our persuasion that issue-based campaign anchored on the manifesto of political parties should drive Nigeria’s political process.
“If any political party goes around saying that they plan to sell our refineries, remove subsidies, and further oppress long-suffering Nigerians, they should be ready to defend such stance to Nigerians at the campaigns. The NLC, Organized Labour, and Labour Party’s position has not changed. It only got amplified”.