Opposition grows against planned strike

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NIGERIANS on Thursday urged Labour to shelve the strike planned for Monday because it will bring further hardship on citizens.

The Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA) and the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) urged Labour to rescind the plan.

Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, and former Group General Manager of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr Dafe Sejebor, said subsidy removal will benefit Nigerians in the long-term.

NOGASA, through its spokesman Ukadike Chinedu, urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on the refineries.

“Further disruptions of the struggling economy will create far more problems for workers and businesses that employ them than it seeks to solve,” the group said.

NYCN National President of the council, Comrade Solomon Adodo, said Labour’s demands were out of sync with current pricing realities.

It argued that returning to old subsidy regimes “is unsustainable and cannot sail through”.

“Nigeria cannot afford to hold itself down by trying options that do not and can never work. And the Trade Unions should not be the ones pushing Nigeria to her continued economic doom,” Adodo said.

The council backed the deregulation policy, saying: “We support the total deregulation of the petroleum industry because that is where there is hope for the youth.”

Dr Abari urged parties to find a common ground.

He said: “Calling for protests and strike at this period hardly can help in the very difficult task of navigating the nation through the challenges thrown up by the impact of COVID19.”

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