NLC stages protest against fuel subsidy removal across Nigeria

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) during their protest on Monday, August 2, 2023

Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have kicked off its planned protest against fuel subsidy removal across Nigerian states, amid tight security.

The protest is being led by NLC president, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who last Wednesday, July 26, 2013, issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to reverse all “anti-poor” and “insensitive” policies, without which the union would stage national protests.

The union also called on civil society organisations (CSOs) and its councils across the states of Nigeria to join in the August 2 nationwide protest against the soaring cost of living in the country.

There were heavily armed security personnel on the ground as the nationwide protest began in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and other states of the federation.

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All efforts by the Federal Government to stop the planned strike and convince the labour union to call off the protest failed.

Recalled during his inaugural address on May 29, 2023, President Bola Tinubu announced the stoppage of the petrol subsidy.

The president’s pronouncement immediately led to a hike in the pump price of petrol, selling for N617 per litre at its highest, forcing an immediate hike in transportation costs, and it resulted in inflation across several market segments.

Photographs of the NLC protest across Nigerian states: