The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have warned the federal government of it intention to embark on a nationwide strike over the prolonged fuel scarcity in many parts of the country.
The TUC National President, Quadri Olaleye, made this known on Wednesday during a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Olaleye stated that the union is currently observing the fuel scarcity and has started discussing with other stakeholders on the prolonged queues in petrol stations.
The TUC President, however, said that the union might be forced to take protest or embark on strike if the situation continues for so long.
He said, “At the moment, we are watching, we are monitoring and doing some engagements for us to be able to make emergency decisions. When Labour takes an emergency decision, you know what it means? It is either strike or protest.
“You can see that even what they are using to investigate the man-made problem is part of the funds made for the Nigerian workers. So we are monitoring and when it is time to take a decision we would.”
Also reacting, an official of the NLC, Emmanuel Ugboaja, said the congress would decide on its next line of action after its consultation with the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
He said, “We are still consulting with NUPENG, which is one of our affiliates. We are expecting them to brief the leadership of the union, afterwards, the union would determine the next step to take.”
The prolonged fuel scarcity has affected major activities across the country, leading to the hike in transport fares and food items.
In major parts of the county, petrol sold for N250 per litre in some filling stations, while long queues were seen in the few outlets that dispensed products.
As a result, fewer vehicles were seen on the roads, while commuters were seen trekking to their destinations.