Following the agitation by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to embark on a national warning NLC strike, the federal government has warned that any worker who abides by such unlawful strike will not be paid. Therefore, the Nigerian Traders, under the protection of the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), has directed its members to shun any indefinite strike by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the new petrol price.
The National President of the association, Barrister Kenneth Ukaoha, on Tuesday in Abuja said the body had informed its members nationwide to go about their normal businesses, saying the deregulation of the downstream oil sector will curb corruption that has been entrenched over the years.
About NLC Strike: Barrister Ukaoha in the statement declared:
“To us the only way to do this is perhaps to do away completely with subsidy and so we applaud its disappearance in the 2016 budget. NANTS therefore commends the move by government in removing the fuel subsidy, and hopes it will forever remain buried.”
“We equally hope that by government’s action, Nigerians would no longer be held by the jugular by independent marketers and those in the oil sector who have hijacked and made a mockery of the “fuel subsidy” regime with corrupt practices that have plundered the commonwealth of the people.”
Barrister Ukaoha urged the government to push oil marketers to source for their own foreign currency just as other commodity importers. He argued that if government is not subsidizing the Nigerian Trader in any way but still collects duties, taxes and other levies from them, funding of oil marketers is an unfair practice.
The association, however, urged the government to ensure regular supply of petrol and also monitor the oil marketers to stop them from exploiting Nigerians.