The Federal Government has been accused by the Nigeria Labour Congress of surreptitious moves to increase the pump price of petroleum products in the country.
Representatives of the NLC on Friday warned the FG against the move vowing to resist it.
The NLC while condemning the move as unacceptable, said that any further increase in fuel pump price would aggravate the hardship being suffered by Nigerians.
Olusegun Rotimi, the acting General Secretary of the NLC, said in a statement that the NLC was prepared to call out Nigerians to resist any price increase, which he noted was inimical to the economic wellbeing of Nigerians.
He said this in reaction to the current scarcity of petroleum products in parts of the country; a situation that had led to long queues appearing at filling stations resulting in countless man hours wasted.
The NLC said, ” In several fuel stations across the country, prices of petrol in particular are higher than the official pump price without any control by government.
“The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, is responsible for inspection and control of fuel stations and has not acted in anyway against unilateral price increases by marketers.
“For us, this indicates a clear conspiracy on the part of government to force another price hike on Nigerians. This will sure deepen the economic hardships the current official price has unleashed on our people.
“The NLC will never accept any further price increase. And we will mobilise workers and their allies against any such increase.”