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"We'll Hold Buhari To His Promise Not To Remove Fuel Subsidy"- NLC



The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) on Saturday said the planned removal of fuel subsidy was illegal and diversionary, adding that the congress will not take it lightly should the government go ahead with the plan billed to take off in January.
The Congress was reacting to the remarks by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, who said government had resolved to scrap oil subsidy because of fraud around it.
The minister had said: “So for the first time people will understand that the pricing modulation I was talking about is not a gimmick. It is for real. The objective is that we cannot afford to continue to subsidize.We can’t even understand where those subsidies were going to. There is a lot of fraud elements in it so we need to cut that off. The second is that the earning capacity of the Federal Government is deteriorating by the day with lower prices of crude.”
Kachikwu, who is also the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) also said a new fuel price regime that may see fuel sell for as low as N85 per litre would be announced next week to reflect the new market conditions.
But in his reaction to the planned removal of the petroleum subsidy, NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, in an interview with THISDAY, said the organised labour would hold the President accountable on his promise not to tinker with the subsidy arrangement.
He therefore declared the planned removal of fuel subsidy illegal and diversionary.
The NLC president said the decision by President Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government to remove fuel subsidy did not fall within the purview of their campaign promises during the 2015 general elections.
“We will hold him (President Buhari) accountable on his campaign promises. If they were going to remove subsidy, that was not part of their campaign promises during the elections. President Buhari has promised Nigerians that he will not remove fuel subsidy – that is his promise, we will hold him to his words,” Wabba said.
NLC President said though the union had yet to receive the details, government’s decision to tinker with fuel subsidy was wrong-headed and illegal given that the processes required to effect the removal of the subsidy had not been complied with.
“The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) by law is supposed to regulate petroleum products prices and it is made up of a board of stakeholders. NLC is also part of the board

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