Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Federal government will not increase fuel prices next year – NLC assures Nigerians

Following the recent speculation in towns that the Federal Government may hike the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as fuel, in 2013, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Abdulwahed Omar has assured Nigerians that ugly incident that shook the nation in January 1 this year won’t repeat itself.

The Labour leader gave this assurance in Lagos, stating that it would be heartless for the government to add to the plights of its citizens.

Omar asserted that any further hike in the prices of petroleum products can stir another mass protest, and the government will not want that to happen again.

Her him: “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.”

He said that Nigerians should not expect anything from the NLC, but should hope on many good things from the present administration.

Omar urged the government not to sack any worker, noting that it would not end the country’s economic problems.

While calling on the government to tackle the unemployment problem in the new year, he noted that creation of job opportunity would boost the nation’s economy.

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