The ongoing fuel scarcity in the country may assume a new dimension as workers under the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, are warming up for a national protest against the inability of the government to end the perennial scarcity in the country.
The workers complained of worsening harsh economic condition complicated by the persistent fuel scarcity and unaffordable transport fares to their offices.
It was learnt that the workers’ union executives have been meeting to discuss the problem and mobilise members towards industrial action and make their feelings known to the national executive council of NLC on the need for action over the plight of workers in view of the difficulties occasioned by fuel scarcity.
Some union leaders, while speaking with journalists on condition of anonymity yesterday, warned that if nothing urgent is done to end the fuel scarcity there would be a national protest to end the sufferings of the masses.
Oyo State Chairman of NLC , Comrade Waheed Olojede, while speaking on the plight of workers in the state, described the prevailing fuel scarcity in the country as a national calamity.
He urged the government at all tiers to urgently take action to end the perennial fuel scarcity, stressing that it has brought workers to their knees.
He explained that workers in the state could no longer go to their offices because of increased transport fares and attendant effect on the economy of the workers especially when the workers were not paid their salaries when due.
According to him, the union is discussing on how to handle the crisis if nothing urgent is done by the government to end the suffering of Nigerians, especially the workers.
The NLC also charged the Nigerian Governors’ Forum to do the needful and stop playing with the lives of Nigerians.
The workers called on the governors to discuss how best to find a lasting solution to the perennial fuel scarcity in the country, rather than discuss pay cut at a time when Nigerian workers were suffering.