The Federal Government has been given a seven-day ultimatum by the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria to reverse the recent increase in electricity tariff and petrol price.
The ultimatum was given in a letter addressed to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and dated September 14, 2020.
The TUC also threatened to commence an indefinite industrial action and national protest from Wednesday, September 23, 2020, if FG refused to reverse the increase in electricity tariff and petrol price.
The letter, entitled ‘We cannot bear the burden any longer, issuance of seven days ultimatum,’ was signed by its President, Mr Quadri Olaleye, and Secretary-General, Mr Musa Lawal.
The union said, “we have observed the gradual and steady annihilation of Nigeria and Nigerians in the light of government actions for the umpteenth time,”.
It said some of the issues that had become worrisome to the working class, their families and the masses included the sudden increase in the pump price of petrol without any definitive and concrete efforts to make the nation’s refineries functional.
The increase in electricity tariff was done without proper consultation and consideration of the effect of COVID-19, commensurate electricity supply and the provision of prepaid meters, TUC said.
It said other issues included the non-implementation of the negotiated national minimum wage by most of the state governments, and the Federal Government’s inability to create and sustain salary date and calendar to ensure transparency.
The union said, “Government should take immediate steps to reverse the hike in prices as it affects electricity, petrol and all other social services in the country to status quo ante (prior to increase) within seven days.