OPINION: Strike – The Official Language in Nigeria, Government Should be Ready to Listen to Cry of The Masses
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have declared that there is no going back on the decision to start a nationwide protest against the recent rise in the price of petrol and an increase in electricity tariffs in the country beginning from Monday, September 28.
It is a pity that this increase in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic is not only ill-timed but is also counter-productive. Privatisation of the electricity subsector, five years down the line has not yielded any positive result.
Findings show that the entire privatised electricity assets were sold for billions of naira, It is so surprising that the federal government within the last three years has injected N1.5 trillion over and above the amount that was used to sell these very important national assets.
Without mincing words, the entire privatisation process has failed and the hike in tariffs was only a process of continuous exploitation of Nigerians.
The government’s argument has not changed from what it used to be. Government should be ready to listen to cry of the masses.
The masses are suffering, we just return back from Covid 19 pandemic lockdown and yet, the only way to encourage and keep Nigerians motivated is by increasing petrol and electricity tariffs. This is wrong step, this is wrong action. Government should pity the masses. God bless Nigeria.