Twenty civil societies back new petrol price, warn labour to shelve planned strike
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
A coalition of twenty civil society organizations has thrown its weight behind the deregulation of Nigeria’s downstream petroleum sector, warning the organised labour to refrain from the proposed nationwide strike.
This demand was made by Conscience Nigeria in partnership with other Civil Society organizations like Stand Up Nigeria, Center for Leadership Development, CPALD, National Youth Council of Nigeria, Arise Nigeria, among others.
In a statement issued on Sunday for the coalition by the Executive Director of Conscience Nigeria, Comrade Tosin Adeyanju, the groups commended the bold step of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government in fully deregulating the oil sector, which they claimed have been plagued by many years of monumental corruption in the subsidy regime.
The statement reads, “No nation can move forward without liberalization or deregulation of its critical economy sector like ours as it was done in the telecom sector, about 80% of our countries revenue comes from oil proceed and as the global economy meltdown continue there is need for this to take place if we must be taken seriously among committee of nations. Therefore, the step taking by the Minister of state to deregulate this critical sector is the best as at this material time.
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“We All know the implication that will arise as a result of this sudden changes, however we must endure this face in other for our country to survive this present economy realities that is very obvious.
“We equally appeal on the Nigerian Labour Congress and our other Civil Society colleagues to shed the proposed nationwide strike and engage the government on the need to create immediate palliatives to Cushing the effect of this policy instead of worsening the already bad economy state of the country. If our country is shut down as proposed, billions of naira will be lost and the country will suffer for it in the long run.
“We proposed immediate intervention by government in areas of introduction of subsidized transportation system across the country to ameliorate the sudden hike of transportation across the country. We equally appeal to government to immediately begin the implementation of the budget and immediate engagement of all stakeholders across the country to inform them about the benefit of deregulation and its benefit to Nigerian people.
“Lastly, we all must be conscious of the fact that we have no other country than Nigeria and we all must strive to make sure that the country works for the good of all and the present leadership of the country has demonstrate that by its action thus far. As responsible citizen we all must support the administration effort in stamping out corruption from our nation fabric.”
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