Plateau citizens urge federal government to gauge options on fuel subsidy removal
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on June 7, 2023
Plateau as some residents of the State have expressed mixed feelings on the challenges they are faced with on a daily basis.
Our correspondent Nnadi Esther, who spoke with commuters and motorists express sundry emotions about the step taken by the government.
While some are of the opinion that it is important for fuel subsidy to be removed for the general good, they advise that the Federal Government comes up with immediate measure to cushion the hardship that has unleashed on the masses.
A motorist simply identified as Bob says government should reverse its decision and figure out the best way to handle the issues surrounding fuel subsidy before it fizzles the regime.
You’ll remember that President Bola Tinubu in his inaugural speech on the 29th of May, 2023 declared that the fuel subsidy has been removed, something most Nigerians have continued to question.
Now, the ongoing controversy over the removal of fuel subsidy appears to have caused a heavy crack within the fold of the labour unions in the country, especially the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.
The union had earlier announced that it would commence an industrial action effective today, Wednesday June 7.
However, after a meeting with the Federal Government, the NLC leadership called off the strike.
The development has however, not gone down well with the state chapters of the unions who feel they were not carried along before their leaders reached the agreement with the Federal Government.
A chairman of the NLC in one of the states who spoke on the condition of anonymity says their members were not happy with the hasty withdrawal of the industrial action without the Federal Government shifting ground on the main issue.