Fuel subsidy removal: NUJ to embark on nationwide strike, protest

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has issued a stern warning on Saturday, declaring its intent to initiate a nationwide protest starting next Wednesday.

This comes as a direct response to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited’s (NNPCL) refusal to overturn the recently implemented price template across the country.

This was disclosed in a statement by the NUJ national secretary, Shuaibu Leman.

The statement reads, “CWC reiterates the argument that although the removal of fuel subsidy will free allocations which can be channelled to the provisions of infrastructure and creation of additional jobs, the sudden removal could, however, lead to social unrest and protests as people may perceive Government as being insensitive to their plight.

“CWC also notes that already there is an astronomical increase in the prices of petroleum products and high inflation, which have drastically reduced the purchasing power of citizens.

“Accordingly, CWC directs all State Councils of the Union to mobilise members to withdraw their services and commence protests nationwide from Wednesday next week, 7th June 2023, if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNCPL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector.”