June 13, 2024

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TUC, 79 others plan protests, strike

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The Trade Union Congress and 79 other civil society
organisations and labour unions under the aegis of the
Alliance on Surviving COVID- 19 and Beyond
codenamed ASCAB , are set to hold nationwide protests
and strike action next week over the increment of the
fuel price and electricity tariff .
It was learnt that the Nigeria Labour Congress, which is
part of ASCAB , was still holding a meeting as of Friday
evening to determine its next line of action . Apart from NLC and TUC , some other affiliate
members of ASCAB include : United Action for
Democracy , Women Advocates Research and
Documentation Centre , Journalists for Democratic
Rights , Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association
of Nigeria , Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation,
Civil Services Technical and Recreational Services
Employees , Civil Liberties Organisation ( Bayelsa), and
COPEAIDS Foundation , Committee for the Defence of
Human Rights , among many others .
Confirming the development to one of our
correspondents on the telephone on Friday, Human
Rights Lawyer , Mr Femi Falana ( SAN ) , said it was evil
of the government to increase the prices of essential
commodities during a pandemic .
He said while other countries were making life easier
for their citizens through tax cuts and palliatives , the
Nigerian government was doing the exact opposite .
The activist said , “ There is going to be a general strike
and protest. We will fix a date after a meeting this
evening . ASCAB is meeting today ( Friday) with TUC
leadership and about 79 others have indicated that
they will take part in the national day of action against
these anti – people developments. It will be next week
but the date has not been picked yet.
“ Other nations are giving cash to their citizens,
cancelling rents but Nigeria is imposing taxes and all
other levies on its citizens. We will fight against it . ”
Falana said the Pipelines and Product Marketing
Company , which announced the fuel price increase ,
had no power to do so .


He also faulted claims by the Minister of State for
Petroleum Resources , Timipre Sylva , that there was
nothing the government could do to intervene in the
new petrol price
The senior advocate said Section 6 of the Petroleum Act
gives the Minister of Petroleum the powers to
determine the price of petroleum products and this
had been affirmed by the courts .
Falana
said ,
“ The
PPMC
has no
powers
under
the law
to fix
fuel
price .
Section 6
of the
Petroleum Act makes it clear that it is the minister that
can determine the price of petroleum products and the
courts have affirmed this . ”
Meanwhile , the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria says the recent hike in fuel price
was not caused by the global price of crude oil but a
deliberate devaluation of the naira by the Federal
Government.
The President of PENGASSAN , Festus Osifo , said this on
Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme which was
monitored by one of our correspondents on Friday.

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