Former Deputy Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, on Thursday urged the management of the organized Labour in Nigeria to mobilise and shut down the nation in response to the astronomical hike in gasoline worth and electrical energy tariff by the Federal Authorities.
In an announcement issued and despatched to DAILY POST on Thursday in Abuja, he additionally referred to as on the Nationwide Meeting to urgently reconvene and communicate on behalf of Nigerians who elected them similar to the seventh Nationwide Meeting did in 2012 when gasoline was elevated from N65.00 to N140.00 by the administration of ex-President, Goodluck Jonathan, in January 2012.
Frank strongly condemned the rise within the worth of petrol from N148.50 to N151.56 per litre by the Pipeline Merchandise Advertising Firm (PPMC) and electrical energy tariff from N22.00 to N66.00 per kilowatt by the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC).
He referred to as on the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Commerce Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Union of Academics (NUT), Nationwide Union of Petroleum and Pure Fuel Employees (NUPENG), Petroleum and Pure Fuel Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigerian (PENGASSAN), Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Nigerian Median Affiliation (NMA), Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) and different Civil Society Group (CSOs), to stand up and defend the weak, poor and helpless plenty within the face of this huge and insufferable onslaught towards their very being.
“The NLC has rejected the evil worth improve by means of an announcement, it’s now time for the Ayuba Wabba management of the Union to match their phrases with motion on the streets similar to ex-NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, did in collaboration with the Change Nigeria Group (CNG) in 2012,” Frank mentioned.
He mentioned that the gasoline worth and electrical energy tariff improve are most untenable particularly at a interval when crude oil costs have plummeted internationally and whereas majority of Nigerians who will not be metered are languishing below the yoke of estimated billing respectively.
“The motion of the Federal Authorities in climbing the costs of necessities items and companies, like gasoline and electrical energy, is tantamount to eradicating financial ventilators from majority of Nigerians on life help as a consequence of COV-poverty.
“That is manifestly anti-God, anti-people, unacceptable, provocative, oppressive, insensitive, depraved, satanic and a complete negation of the social contract between a folks and its Authorities,” Frank declared.
In line with him, for the reason that main perform of Authorities is to hunt the welfare and safety of its residents, the Federal Authorities should as a matter of urgency improve the nation’s minimal wage to N100,000.00 to mitigate its induced rise in the price of residing.
He referred to as on the Main Gen. Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to urgently reverse the will increase in addition to cut back its over- bloated value of governance by 50 per cent in an effort to preserve scarce sources.
The Bayelsa-born political activist lamented that somewhat than comply with worldwide finest practices in giving Nigerians stimulus packages to cushion the cruel results of the present financial downturn, occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Authorities has chosen to intentionally inflict ache and impoverish Nigerians.
“The obligation of Authorities is to defend its folks, particularly the poor and weak inhabitants, from the cruel results of market forces and to not heap ache and anguish on them below the guise of full deregulation.
“Why have they chosen to extend the burdens of Nigerians somewhat than lighten them?
Why have they chosen to provide Nigerians stones as a substitute of bread? Why have they chosen to provide Nigerians snakes as a substitute of fish?
“It’s harmful for the Federal Authorities to help a tiny cabal in preying on the folks in an effort to fulfill their ostentatious cravings,” Frank mentioned.
In line with him, the Federal Authorities ought to be conscious of political upheavals in Sudan and Mali following its sort of anti-people insurance policies and actions.