The Trade Union Congress (TUC) says the present administration has no
mercy for the poor by proposing to hike the pump price of petroleum
The union was reacting to a statement by the Minister of State,
Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, on Tuesday that Nigerians would
bear the pains of increased petrol pump price as crude oil price rises
above $60 per barrel.
Sylva said with no provision for subsidy in the 2021 budget, Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), cannot continue to bear the
cost of under-recovery.
The TUC, however, said in a statement by its President, Quadri
Olaleye, on Tuesday that the current administration has no mercy for
“The question is why is the government always quick to tell us about
the rise in the price of crude in the international market and the
need to increase the price of PMS but it takes them weeks and
sometimes months to implement agreement reached with the Organised
Labour? It all points to one thing: they have no mercy for the poor
people of this country,” the statement said.
“It appears they are not disturbed by the poverty -ridden plight of
Nigerians and the unemployment/insecurity situation that their
obnoxious policies have created in the country. There is nothing
honorable about what the minister has said,” he said.