The National Union of Electricity Workers (NUEE) on Sunday ordered its members to suspend services nationwide as the Nigerian government abruptly scrapped fuel subsidy.
NUEE, in a note signed by interim secretary-general Dominic Igwebike, urged its members to comply with the directive and halt work from Wednesday morning.
President Bola Tinubu said in his inaugural address in Abuja’s Eagle Square on Monday that the oil subsidy system will no longer exist because it is unsustainable.
Following the announcement, NNPCL on Wednesday instructed its branches across the country to sell fuel between 480 and 570 naira per litre, a nearly 200 percent increase from the original price of less than 200 naira. which will launch a nationwide protest next Wednesday if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) refuses to reverse the new pricing system in the oil sector.The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) also threatened to join the strike on Wednesday.
The NUEE replied in a letter to its member on Sunday that its decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the NLC’s National Executive Council (NEC) held at the Abuja Work House on June 2 over the sudden fuel subsidy which they say have caused countless hardships for Nigerians and increased inflation in the economy.
“To that end, all directors at the national, state and chapter levels are encouraged to begin mobilizing our members in full compliance with this directive,” the statement said.
“Please note that the nationwide suspension of services will begin at 00:00 on Wednesday 7 June 2023.
“We encourage you to work with leaders of the Congress’ State Executive Council (SEC) in different states to achieve successful actions,” the letter reads.
The Union of Nigerian Journalists (NUJ) said Saturday it would launch a nationwide protest next Wednesday if the NNPCL refuses to reverse the new pricing system in the oil sector.