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NLC, TUC asks Nigerians to brace up for nationwide protest, strike on Monday

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked Nigerians to brace up for a nationwide strike in protest of the federal government’s refusal to reverse prices of petrol and electricity tariff.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC president, who broke the news after the national executive council of the congress met in Abuja on Tuesday, said the protest and strike will  commence from Monday, 28 September.

Earlier in the month, the pump price of petrol was increased while a new electricity tariff was implemented around the same period.

Petrol is currently being sold for between N158 and N162 per litre, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) increased electricity tariff from N30.23 to N62.33 per kwh.

However, the decision to embark on a protest as well as strike is sequel to the expiration of the two weeks ultimatum given to the federal government by the NLC instructing them to reverse the new increment.

Wabba said the decision to implement the strike action was unanimously taken by the chairmen of the NLC in the 36 states and federal capital territory.