In Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, vehicular activities were disrupted as the local chapter of Organized Labor staged a protest against the removal of fuel subsidies. Workers carrying placards marched from the NLC secretariat to the governor’s office, voicing their concerns and demanding the reversal of anti-poor policies implemented by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration.
The placards displayed messages such as “Let the less fortunate breathe, don’t suffocate them,” “Revive the refineries, stop petrol importation,” “Tax the wealthy, support the poor,” and “Fair wages for workers.”
The protesters condemned the removal of fuel subsidies, along with increases in school fees and VAT, viewing these policies as detrimental to the welfare of the people. They also sought the release of eight months’ withheld salaries for university lecturers and an end to what they described as inhumane government actions.
The State NLC Chairman, Hammed Ademola, emphasized the importance of their protest and conveyed that Nigerian workers have been enduring considerable hardships due to these policies.
The TUC counterpart, Akeem Lasisi, called for the reinstatement of fuel subsidies, highlighting its significance as a global practice and urging the government to address the subsidy system’s corruption rather than eliminate it.
Additionally, the workers demanded the repair of refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna to address the ongoing fuel crisis.