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NLC oppose plan by the FG to sale NTA and Refineries

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Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has come opposition
to the reported plans by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to privatise the nation’s refineries and commercialise the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
and the Nigeria Films Corporation, describing the move as unwarranted.
Other entities listed to be affected by the NLC include the Skypower Catering and Hotels Services, the Commodities and
Exchange Commission, as well as the Bank of Agriculture and the
Bank of Industries slated for partial privatisation and the National
Parks proposed for commercialisation.
Meanwhile, there are indications that fuel supply may be disrupted
this week as the Independent Petroleum Marketers’ Association of
Nigeria (IPMAN) plans to shut down 10,000 stations to protest
alleged intrusion of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural
Gas Workers (NUPENG) into the operations of NIPCO Plc.
The union advised the government not to abdicate its social
responsibilities by selling off everything that delivers services to the
people.
Part of the statement titled: “Stop Selling Public Properties”, read:
“This is unwarranted, especially in a country where poverty and
unemployment have become endemic coupled with the collapse of
industries. “What we need in Nigeria is not a blind adoption of
neo-liberal policies that mortgage the interests and future of our
people.
Our national economy depends largely on the oil industry and if we
allow the industry to be handed over to private individuals, it would
then mean the entire economy would become private property run by
private individuals, mostly cronies of those in government, against
our collective interests.

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