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Govt‘ll not increase petrol price in New Year – NLC

19 December 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Abdulwahed Omar, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government would not increase the price of petrol in the New Year.

Omar, who gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos, said already the masses were facing a lot of hardship, adding that government would not want to add to their sufferings.

According to him, any further increase in the prices of petroleum products can result in violent protest by the masses, and government will not want that to happen.

“Nigerians should expect a good year in 2013. We don’t expect sudden surprises from government like we had early this year.

“I don’t think government will be disposed to doing that because if you look at it, the hardship Nigerians are enduring now is slightly higher than what they were enduring at the end of last year.

“So, I think it will be unthinkable for government to want to compound the problems of the common man.

“So, let us hope that 2013 is going to come with good hopes and with a lot of prospects for everybody in this country.”

The union president said Nigerians should not expect anything from the NLC, but should hope on many good things from government.

Omar urged government not to sack any worker, saying that it would not solve the country’s economic problems. He advised government to tackle the unemployment problem in 2013, saying that it would be a major yardstick for measuring the country’s development.

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  • Obviously, the NLC president is voicing a personal opinion because he is not in a position to give this kind of assurance. Isn’t it a shame that in the 21st century Nigeria still operates a system which depends on government to determine the prices of petroleum products, when the real determinant that drives commerce in any economy that expects to thrive is demand and supply. Why must we insist on remaining backward, spoon fed by an inept political leadership incapable of delivering on the simplest of expectations which citizens in other climes take for granted?

  • but they wil make it no where to be found.

  • When did NLC becomes the mouthpeace of the govt? Besides, if govt did not increase the price, what shall we be expecting as a new gift from this shameless and incapable set of cabal?

  • When did NLC becomes the mouthpeace of the govt? Besides, if govt did not increase the price, what shall we be expecting as a new year gift from this shameless and incapable set of cabal?

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