The Organised Labour said it will continue with its preparations to spearhead statewide protests starting on Wednesday, notwithstanding the Presidential Steering Committee on Palliatives’ meeting on Monday.
In a press conference with journalists at the Presidential Villa in Abuja following the steering committee meeting on Monday, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) President Joe Ajaero stated that the plan for workers to begin a peaceful protest on Wednesday has not changed.
The discussion about how to lessen the negative effects of the removal of fuel subsidy was postponed until Tuesday at noon.
The meeting was suspended so that everyone could hear President Bola Tinubu’s broadcast. Speaking about the planned rally, Ajaero downplayed concerns that it might be hijacked by hoodlums, claiming that such an event had never occurred in the history of worker protests.
However, he stated that security services are responsible for protecting protesting workers.
In response to the President’s intention to interfere in currency markets to combat inflation and high petrol prices, Ajaero stated, “By the time you have a single market and you don’t have anything that has a comparative advantage, your energy is import driven, then how are you going to control it?” How are you going to control someone who exchanged a dollar for 900 naira? Are you going to tell him to sell at a loss?.
Source: THE NATION