Fuel Subsidy Withdrawal: NLC And TUC Urge Nigerians To Prepare For Massive Street Demonstrations

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress, along with the pro-people civil society organizations and patriotic professional organisations have rejected the new fuel prices and directed Nigerians to resist their imposition. 

 

In a statement, they described today’s withdrawal of fuel subsidies by the Presidency as “callous and insensitive,” and intended to cause anarchy in the country.

“It is tragic that the Jonathan Government has become the greatest source of insecurity in the country and the spring of danger to the Nigerian nation,” the statement said, and the bodies directed their state councils and unions to take steps to resist any price above N65 litre of PMS.
They further asked them to await a date for the commencement of general strikes and mass protests across the country.

“Similarly, we alert the populace to begin immediate mobilization towards the d-day for the commencement of the strikes, street demonstrations and mass protests across the country,” the statement said.

[Full text of the statement]:

As Nigerians mourn the victims of the bomb blasts in the last few days and grapple with insecurity, the Jonathan Administration decided to utilize this period to impose astronomical fuel price increases on the populace.

This New Year “gift” by the Presidency is callous, insensitive and is intended to cause anarchy in the country. It is tragic that the Jonathan Government has become the greatest source of insecurity in the country and the spring of danger to the Nigerian nation.

In the last few days, Jonathan’s administration had told Nigerians that it was consulting us on the issue of fuel subsidy removal and that if any was contemplated, it would be with effect from April 1, 2012.  The NLC and TUC warned Nigerians that this government thrives on falsehood and can therefore not be trusted.  The Presidency’s New Year Day action of removing the fuel subsidy and imposing new fuel prices on the populace is a clear demonstration of the fact that the Jonathan administration cannot be trusted. We also have information that it intends to make a litre of PMS N150.00 and then ask the NNPC to reduce the price at its fuel stations by a few Naira. Nigerians must defeat whatever are the schemes of this government.

The NLC, TUC, the pro-people Civil Society Organizations and patriotic Professional organisations reject these new fuel prices and direct Nigerians to resist their imposition.  We direct our state councils and unions to take steps to resist any price above N65 litre of PMS, and await a date for the commencement of general strikes and mass protests across the country.

Similarly, we alert the populace to begin immediate mobilization towards the d-day for the commencement of the strikes, street demonstrations and mass protests across the country.

With the decision of the Jonathan administration to create chaos in the country, we Nigerians have the duty and responsibility to restore the country to normalcy and reclaim our birthright.
This promises to be a long drawn battle; we know its beginning, but we do not know its end or when it will end. But we are confident that the Nigerian people will triumph over the cabal in Aso Rock.

We call on the National Assembly and the Governors to side with the people and stand by them in this struggle.

The Labour Movement also calls on the police, armed forces and other security personnel not to accept any order to shoot Nigerians or attack them for publicly resisting these evil hikes in fuel prices.  We warn that any officer who does so will be brought to justice, and a claim that he was obeying orders, will not be an excuse for committing such crimes. 

We also put the Jonathan Presidency and its surrogates on notice that we shall ensure that they are prosecuted up to the International Criminal Court if they, by acts of commission or omission spill the blood of any Nigerian over the protests that follow their inhuman acts against the people.
In the next few days, the leadership of the NLC and TUC will jointly issue directives on the date organized national strikes, street demonstrations and mass protests will commence.  We shall neither surrender nor retreat.

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don't spoil our country

Mr. president don't spoil the country for us, if you cannot do it resign and let another one do it, why are you so stoborn and wicked.

fuel subsidy

it is quiet unfortunate dat we do nt know who to dine with. we are in a country of where the rich man get richer & the poor get poorer. our mr. presido has fallen our hand. one who sleep bad sleep does nt sleep only in his bed bt even in other strange part. presido no try at all & the masses are not ready to spare him at all. the advisers do nt do have good intention to the country. wake up from ur slumber.

Political tricks

Unfortunately we elected them and we must send them a message that this imposition of petrolum subsidy is a mere strategy to divert our attention from immediate problems facing the nigerian masses, Let the govt. address issues of insecuirity, no electricity, wooping high unemployement rate, bad roads claiming hundreds of lives, abject poorverty and corruption before they can start the debate on petrolum subsidy.

Labour and the entire

Labour and the entire Nigerian people should not compromise their stance on the resistance to this abrupt removal of fuel subsidy. It is ill-timed. The ruling class and their families would never feel the negative impacts; not even palliative measures have been put in place.Let them do their homework well. Let them tackle corruption in high places and the country will move forward not only with the removal of subsidy on fuel.

This is for only one person

This is for only one person and yet the massess are in anguish and abject poverty.Why should the masses be subjected to extreme torture? Are the resources of this Great Nation for only the ruling class? It has been like this over ages. It's time to say NO to extrvancies by the ruling class and abject poverty on the masses.

Intelligent analysis. If this

Intelligent analysis. If this analysis is anything to go by, then our Government and her cohorts have questions to answer.Govt need to be sincere.

removal of fuel subsidy

The planned action of strike by Nlc and Tuc is long over due. There is no need to give the government days of grace. This is because the government came like a thief in night to remove the fuel subsidy while negotiations and consultations were still going on. This government is inconsiderate to implement such evil policy. It is a bad new year gift wrongly timed without human face. Many nigerians who travelled home during this festive period are held hostage in their various village by equally greedy transporters because of hike in transport fare.
We must show our action by making the country ungovernable until they listen to poor masses cry.

Removal of fuel subsidy by GEJ

GEJ, am hopeful you 'll retrace your decision. I sincerely vote for you expecting fresh air but the air now is full of smokes of one crisis to another.Remain calm and steadfast in resisting the enemy of the fresh air you promise me. To be sincere with you my OGA, the removal of fuel subsidy is ill-timed.Pls call me on .08057437759 for a word of wisdom on the best way to remove fuel subsidy without crisis.

Removal of fuel subsidy by GEJ

GEJ, am hopeful you 'll retrace your decision. I sincerely vote for you expecting fresh air but the air now is full of smokes of one crisis to another.Remain calm and steadfast in resisting the enemy of the fresh air you promise me. To be sincere with you my OGA, the removal of fuel subsidy is ill-timed.Pls call me on .08057437759 for a word of wisdom on the best way to remove fuel subsidy without crisis.

fuel subsidy removal

Dear all

Does that means that there is no Nigerian that have brain to plan our economy than to share our money in the assembly? Dear president when you are elected, being a doctor cant you think, (ADVICE) THAT if you put our refinery in order before you remove the fuel subsidy Nigeria people will suffer in your hand like this, Note if the refinery is functioning well, even thou the subsidy is removed the marketer have no option than to sell at your control rate, Sir look into the existing high standard of living and inflation in the country and reverse your deices-son on the removal.

THANKS

OLUWAROTIMI

wow! can i get some of

wow!
can i get some of whatever stuff you've managed to get 'high' on??
or are you just hovering somewhere between confused, shocked or delirious?
"well done" ke??!!
the worst part of reading your note is that i strongly suspect that you're not even able to truly afford to pay up all the implications of a N150/litre petrol pump price (not to mention all the other domino effects).
in fact, my brother..! i am short of words, but YOU 'fall my hand'!
this president may have found himself in a tight spot, but he certainly has not done well at all. not by any measure please!
thank you.

GEJ

I am very sorry for Tony Ghose who said GEJ has done well.infact i am shot of words to discribe the situation GEJ has put the people of Nigeria.
Its a shame to GEJ and his cabal. but i know that he bitten more than he can.
you will hear froom me

Well done GEJ!!!

What are will shouting about, most of the corrupt people in Nigeria make their money from fuel subsidy, they are the ones financing most of the protest currently going on the country. Nigerians are not willing to Scarface for anything; they want good things without sacrifice that is why there is high level of corruption in the Country. The oil subsidy debate is on now for more than 20 years. It is only a president that mean well for Nigeria that was able to implement it. What is the fuss about?
We will all get use to it; at least there will be development and job creation with the accrued revenue. Please people wake up, the subsidy remover mean well for Nigeria. There is never going to be any right time to remove it when some people will not end up protesting.
Well done GEJ!!!

Why the delay???????????????

Why are the labour leaders waiting till wednesday to act? Strike when the fire is hottest!

Dumbo

Boko Haram. Can you guys please direct your energies to bombing the Mumu Jonathan out of Aso rock. And if u have any bombs left please send the 'jara' to the National Assembly. Then if you still have small small hand grenades or parcel bombs,you can give those ones to David Mark. Oh and don't forget Bankole the theif o cos he is also one of them. The labour leaders should have some too because I have it on good authority that they have been bought.Sahara please do a followup on this info cos it is very true. Nigerians are the only ones that can fight for themselves.

I THOUGHT JONATHAN WAS A MESSIAH, BUT I FOUND OUT ......

WITH THE PRESENT HAPPENINGS IN THE COUNTRY AND THIS SO-CALLED INCREASE IN THE FUEL PRICE, ONE WILL CONCLUDE THAT THE SO-CALLED GOODLUCK IS INDEED A BADLUCK. AND A MAN SENT TO END THE EXISTENCE OF THE POOR IN THIS COUNTRY. BECAUSE HE WALK BARE FOOTED TO SCHOOL WITH TORN UNIFORM, HE WANTS OUR CHILDREN TO GO TO SCHOOL NAKED, AND WITHOUT FOOD. IF NA HAUSAMAN DEY DO DIS WE FOR UNDERSTAND NOR B D MAN I STRUGGLE FOR. TO D EXTENT OF CAMPAIGNING FOR VOLUNTARILY FOR.

GOOD PEOPLE OF NIGERIA WE MUST FIGHT THIS MAN AND HIS CHOP I CHOP MEN TO THE LAST. I SUPPORT D STREET DEMONSTRATION.

Manager our resources well.

Removing the subsidy is not the problem, but ware whould they put the money for the subsidy.some time i wounder were money been recovered from Abacha's family is put,hope the the money will not go into personal pocket, please we voted him for good change and not distruction.school are on strick no comment on that school fee is no what somebody with minimium wage can use in sending his child to school , please the youth do not have job, no food, no house, no electricity, do not push the youths in revolution.think how u started if things were like this would u b able to go to school ? Please make good discision, you are leading not that you are the best in Nigeria , but it was by GOD grace.please do not let Nigerians feel you are bringing the class specification,thank you.long live the president long live Nigerian natural resources ,long live FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

fuel saubsidy issues

now i beliv jonatan's government is suffering from what i will descibe as a crass opportunism, gulliability & bad spiritedness. Only 1 tin i know & stongly bliv is dat THE LORD IS MY PORTION SAITH MY SOUL, THEREFORE, WILL I HOPE IN HIM. ( LAMENTATION 3:24)

@Concerned Nigerian: Fools being ruled by idiots !

@Concerned Nigerian

You claim you voted a man "for the sake of having a real civilian president". What stupid reason to vote in a moron. You didn't vote based on any achievement, not on any pedigree. Over 6 months down the line, it is from one confusion to another.
And instead of you to apologise to others for your being myopic, u still have the temerity to complain I am whining. So what the hell are u doing after the subsidy removal now; i guess you are laughing now ? Fools being ruled by idiots !

fuel subsidy removal

Why must we put the burden of guilt on GEJ? We are so quick to forget that it was the Governors Forum that forced GEJ to enforce their decision in order to be able to pay the N18,000 minimum wage. Blame Governors for this action

All you who voted for Gej. you have not seen anything yet.

How I wish the the price of petrol will be N200 or more. It serve well those who use sentiment in voting the GEJ. This is only the begining of their suffering. For those that used their senses in voting the candidate that could bring good governance, even though their votes were mad not count, God will surely provide them with sustainance in the hard times coming ahead. This really prove that Nigeria is country of pools rule by idiots.

LET SHOW DEM PEPPER PLS !

let everybody be out on the de day. let show them enough is enough

want 2 knw u

can i hav ur personal contact. luv d way u analysed d real money cost of a liter of fuel.

Mr man or woman u are an

Mr man or woman u are an idiot for writing such comment , de say d masses are suffering and u are talking of sacrifice . Pls we're is ur brain in ur head or ur ass ?

I'LL REVISIT...

...the fuel subsidy saga once we're done with BH's three-day quit notice to northern-based southerners. In the mean time, WE MUST RESIST ALL ATTEMPTS TO FURTHER IMPOVERISH NIGERIANS, NOOOO TO FUEL SUBSIDY removal!

The die is cast.

1) One barrel of Crude oil =

1) One barrel of Crude oil = 42gallons or
159 litres

… 2) Our Refineries (i.e 4) Installed
(combined) capacity = 445,000
… barrels per day

3) Actual refineries capacity due to
ageing equipment = 30% i.e. 133,500
barrels per day
.
4) . . 133,500 barrels = 21.2 million litres

5) Local required consumption (F.O.S) =
12millions litres

6) It means that even our MORIBOND
refineries can actually meet our local
consumption need of petroleum.

7) The cost structure of crude oil (i.e.
Qua Iboe Crude Oil) production;
- Findings / development – $3.5
- Production cost – $1.5
- Refining Cost – $12.6
- Pipeline/transportation – $1.5
- Distr/bridging fund Margin -$15.69
True cost of one litre of petroleum
anywhere in Nigeria;
- Total sum cost = $34.8
- 1ltr cost = $34.8/159 litres = $0.219
– Naira equiv. 0.219xN160= N35.02k
- Add Tax N5 + N35.02 = N40.02

U ar a disgrace 2 yourslf, ur

U ar a disgrace 2 yourslf, ur lineage and evry1 around u. 4 u uttering such statement against d strugl of labour. Ok, if u wuld b give us enough money 2 withstand d hadshp, den labour wld rest it case...aftaral u must b in govt stealn funds...d lyks of sunusi & iweala, u dont buy fuel, rather d govt pays 4 ur expences...DANISKA, SHEGE

Re: Removal of fuel subsidy.

I salute the courage of Mr. President for trying to address issues attendant on fuel subsidy. But he is doing it at the wrong time and the wrong way. Nigerians are by nature a resilient people, "suffering and smiling" for as long as they are able to move around to eek a living even as the politicians loot and share the treasury among themselves. The question is why should a leader remove the only means by which people manage to place food on the table for their families. Does he think of the multiplying effect of subsidy removal at this time? Why add insult to the injury of the Nigerian masses? Not at a time he is unable to cope with the threat of Boko Haram;when armed robbery is on the rise,and many able young people are roaming the streets without jobs. I think Mr President has problem setting his priorities right. Mr. President probably wants to hasten the Nigerian brand of the Arab Spring.

Re: Supply Fuel

Mr, what ever your name is your a big fat fool, for posting this!!!!!!!!!!!

Tsunami About To Be Unleashed

This is Just for 2 people or lets say its 20 people with their families or 200 people with their extended families or 2000 people with their entire villages. Thats every year!
N993m for Food & General Catering Services, N45.5m Kitchen Equipment, N104m for Cooking Gas, N16.4m for Rent for VP's Residence, N230m Furniture for VP's Guest House, N116m Provision of UPS (inverter) for VP's Residence, N108m Provision of Communication Equipment at VP's Guest House & Presidential Villa, N203m for Provision of Electricity At Villa, N85m for Electricity Charges, N168m for Generator Fuel, N127m for Overhauling 2 Generator Sets, N101m Rehabilitation of Villa Transformer, N293m Honourarium & Sitting Allowance, N77m for Medical Expenses, Etc Etc.

And what about us? Nothing. Lets Unleash the Tsunami NOW.