Subsidy Removal: NLC’s plan to embark on nationwide protest is misplacement of priority – Onuesoke

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Chief Sunny Onuesoke, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Former Delta State governorship aspirant, has described the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) plan to embark on nationwide protest from January 27, 2022 over the Federal Government’s plan to remove subsidy from petroleum products as misplacement of priority.

Onuesoke who made the statement while addressing journalists in his office in Warri, Delta state said if members of NLC mean well for Nigerians, they are expected to protest and declare full strike for the renovation of the non functional Nigerians refineries instead removal of fuel subsidy from petroleum products.

The PDP Chieftain pointed out that if the Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna refineries are in good working condition, the issue of payment of fuel subsidy will be minimised or totally eradicated as the oil is drilled and produce within Nigeria.

“In essence, I expect NLC to protest over the non functional of the Nation’s refineries and the twenty one NNPC storage tank farms across the country. If NLC can push for the repairs of the refineries and it is done, the issue of fuel subsidy will be over. I wonder why they are all turning their eyes away from the reality.

“What is the need of having over four non functional refineries that is gulping billion of Naira annually. If those refineries are not working, if new refineries have not been built by the government, if we now have to import fuel from abroad including from African countries that do not produce oil, there can be no justification for visiting the irresponsibility of the government on the Nigerian people,” he stated.

Onuesoke who argued that the country has no reason for not bringing back its moribund domestic refineries said it is a shame for Nigeria to remain the only OPEC member that imports more than 90 per cent of its refined petroleum needs.

He maintained that the precipitous removal of fuel subsidy without making strategic plans or giving particular attention to the domestic refining is tantamount to strangulating hand-to-mouth Nigerians.

“Before the removal of the fuel subsidy, it will indeed be a very good idea for Nigeria to go all…

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