Chief Peter Ameh, National Secretary of CUPP

Group decries Government/Labour agreement, insists on reversal of fuel, power tariff hikes

*NLC, TUC don’t need to be told that fuel price increase must have a diverse range of effects on transportation and commodities, etc., in the economy, says CUPP

*Organised Labour should know the man in the street has lost confidence, trust and faith in their ability to actually speak or act for them

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the suspension of the earlier planned protest against the increases in fuel price and electricity tariffs for two weeks by the Labour in the country, a group, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), has rejected the last agreement the Organised Labour and Federal Government of Nigeria reached Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Chief Peter Ameh, National Secretary of CUPP, in a statement Tuesday, September 29 said that that NLC and TUC could not claim to be unaware of the suffocating and life-threatening sufferings being experienced by Nigerians as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group stated that as far as it is concerned, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) no longer have the capacity to represent the interests of the Nigerian people.

The Labour is aware that government’s arbitrary increase in the price of petrol per litre and the cost of electricity tariffs per unit simultaneously without any soft-landing measures to cushion the effect of such increase on the masses has worsened the situation, said the group.

Chief Ameh said: “NLC and TUC don’t need to be told that fuel price increase must have a diverse range of effects on transportation and commodities, etc., in fact including productivity.

“We reject the action of NLC and TUC and both Labour centres must reinvent themselves and start to act in the interest of Nigerians who need them at a time like this,” it said.

According to the group, CUPP still stands with the people on their demand for the reversal of the increases in the pump price of PMS and electricity tariffs.

It stressed that the timing of the deregulation policy was not right especially when the COVID-19 pandemic has depleted the take home pay of the man on the street.

The coalition stated: “When NLC and TUC came out about two weeks ago threatening fire and brimstone over the recent increases in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and electricity tariffs, many Nigerians were very skeptical about their will power to carry out the strike because of how unprotective of the masses the current leadership of both NLC and TUC have been since it came on board.

“NLC and TUC should know that the man in the street has lost confidence, trust, and faith in their ability to actually speak or act for them.

“CUPP believes that NLC and TUC do not have the capacity to represent the interest of the Nigerian people and as such have no answer to these questions.”

However, the group advised that Nigerians must develop the will to speak for themselves on these matters that are meant to enslave and imprison their conscience and destinies.

If the NLC/TUC meant well for the people, they would have insisted on using the two weeks as an opportunity for people to protest and voice out their grievances for the rulers to hear and know how to mend their ways rather than use the two weeks to silence the people and devise ways to deceive Nigerians as usual, added the group.

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