Nigerians Prepare for Fuel Shortage and Power Outages as Organized Labor Plans Indefinite, Nationwide Protest

admin September 28, 2023
Updated 2023/09/28 at 5:18 PM

Nigerian workers are expressing their dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s handling of the fuel subsidy removal and economic crisis that is impacting the country.

As a result, they are planning an indefinite nationwide strike starting on October 3, 2023. The Trade Union Congress’s National Deputy President, Tommy Etim, stated that the strike will proceed without any hindrance, as the government has had ample time to address the workers’ demands.

Etim further emphasized that the workers will not be easily fooled and urged Nigerians to prepare for an extended period of the strike.

“The government was given ample time to address our demands, but they chose to take no action. The strike is now a fixed event and nothing will hinder it, even if the government decides to go to court as they usually do. The only way to halt the strike is for them to meet all of our demands,” he asserted.

When asked about the impact of the strike on Nigerians, the labor leader replied, “It will not only be a complete shutdown of the country, but it will also be the most significant strike in history. Can you believe they are even planning to lay off 17,000 workers during this time when Nigerians are already enduring immense hardships?”

Another NLC representative emphasized that the issues at hand are clear-cut, and the NLC’s joint statement is unambiguous. “The NLC has announced an indefinite nationwide strike that will commence on October 3, 2023, and we will proceed unless the government fulfills all of our outlined demands,” they stated.

When asked if the unions would cancel their plan if invited to a meeting by the FG, the union leader responded, “No meeting or promise would make us stop; the only thing that would make us stop is if all of our demands are fulfilled, nothing else.”

Meanwhile, Nigerians may have to prepare for fuel scarcity and a nationwide power outage starting from Tuesday, as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and the National Union of Electricity Employees have pledged to join the indefinite strike called by the NLC and TUC.

Additionally, health workers have stated that they will not be available to treat patients at hospitals, while the judiciary staff have announced that courts will be closed across the country.

Nigerians may soon face a shortage of fuel and a nationwide power outage as the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers and the National Union of Electricity Employees have announced their support for the indefinite strike declared by the NLC and TUC.

In addition, health workers have declared that they will be unavailable to treat patients in hospitals, and judiciary staff have confirmed that courts will be closed across the country.

According to senior officials from NUPENG and NUEE, once the strike begins, the unions will disrupt the supply of petrol and electricity.

NUPENG’s National President, Williams Akporeha, emphasized that the union would fully comply with the NLC’s instructions and that it was non-negotiable for NUPENG to participate in the strike.

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