The Nigerian Workers’ Unions are set to mobilize workers against any move to increase the pump price of petrol,even by one naira ! This is just as the Independent Private Marketers Association of Nigeria( IPMAN) has said it can no longer sell at 165 naira per litre due to the increase in the landing cost from 148 to 163 naira.
With this ,the stage is set for a collision,especially as the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipreye Sylvia has said the market forces have to prevail, government cannot do much for now.
National President IPMAN,Chinedu Okoronkwo also confirmed the role of market forces in the current fuel crisis,saying that his members are doing their best not to further escalate the problem.
The Executive Chairman of IPMAN,Port Harcourt branch,Dr. Joseph Obelechu said in view of the stalemate Nigerians should be ready for a lingering period of fuel scarcity.
Labour representative and the National Chairperson,Campaign for Democratic Workers’ Rights( CDWR) Comrade Olusesan Rufus said Laour Unions would not allow government and oil marketers to further inflict pains on the workers who have been contending with myriads of economic woes. He said workers would be mobilized to resist any increment in the pump price of petrol.
Some Nigerians are not also happy that government prefer to sell crude oil and not ready to fix the nation’s refineries to push out fuel at minimal costs to the masses.