By; ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A group under the agis of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Delta State hss lambasted the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over the suspension of its planned nationwide strike action which was billed to take place from Monday September 28.
The CSO’s expressed their dismay during a peaceful protest at the Ebrumede roundabout, Uvwie Local Government Area.
The group registered their displeasures at the NLC, condemned the hike in petrol and electricity tariff and the Water Resources Bill pending before the National Assembly, which they termed “Government’s Anti-People Policies”.
They disasociated themselves just as they rejected the positions of the NLC in suspending the strike.
In a chat with journalists in Effurun, a human right activist, Comrade Israel Joe in a chat with journalists said, “For NLC to jettison out of a protest and suspended strike action we have mobilized and prepared for, I think we are dissatisfied with the positions of the NLC.
“We are not happy with the NLC’s decisions because they don’t know what it takes to pay for darkness. They don’t know what it takes for the common man to put fuel in the generator to run his barbing salon.
“That’s why we as a Coalition of Civil Society group, CSO of Delta State are coming out to make our positions to the Federal Government that they must look unto the electricity tariff hike, the fuel hike, the Water Resources Bill and see a better way to reverse these prices to ameliorate the sufferings of the Nigerian people.”
On his part, a legal practitioner, Mr. Omemiroro Maxwell Ogedegbe Esq said, “We know the Politics in NLC. It is unfortunate. We do not have a functional Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC.
“We are saying it, the Nigerian as the Nigerian people, we reject the position of the NLC. We are not in alliance with the NLC.”
Mr. Kelvin Ejumudo, another member of the CSO who also aligned himself with the positions of his colleagues disclosed that “l spent two thousand naira daily to fuel my generator
“And this amounts to about sixty six thousand Naira (N66,000) in a month.
“l described the hike in petrol and electricity as an aberration just as l disagreed and expressed my displeasures with the Federal Government.”
Others who also spoke at the brief protest urged the Federal Government to “rescind its decisions especially as its concerns the hike in petrol and electricity tariff to save the people from further hardships”.
It would be recalled that the NLC had late Sunday night suspended its strike action over the hike in petrol and electricity tariff in the Country.