By Victor Ahiuma-Young

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has expressed its sorrow at Nigeria’s continued importation of petroleum products and has urged the government to make petrol available to Nigerians.

In a statement, the body said: “The TUC rejects calls by some politicians and political office holders to continue the importation of petroleum products at prohibitive costs while campaigning and taking steps to end fuel subsidies. “Politicians who like Nigerians would first return the country to local refining, creating mass jobs and making the products cheap, accessible and available, before considering removing the fuel subsidy.”

On privatization, the governing body for senior workers in the country said: “Regardless of the given nomenclature or the deceptive garb of efficiency, our experience as a people shows that privatization is merely the transfer of public wealth into private hands. The example of the electricity sector also clearly shows that the private sector can be even less efficient than the public sector. Therefore, we not only demand the review of the entire privatization operation and transparent accounting of its proceeds, but also call for the reversal of privatized entities. For example in the electricity sector, where the new ‘owners’ have failed miserably or were only engaged in asset stripping. We believe that anyone or any group pushing for further privatization of our national assets is ill-intentioned with Nigeria.”

Meanwhile, in a 2022 review, the labor organization stated: “The year 2022 was quite challenging on virtually all fronts, including security, politics, economics, health and social life, but there is hope for a glorious 2023 if we are prepared to bring the necessary bring about change and hold our leaders accountable, as Nigeria, which we sincerely desire, can only be achieved through collective struggle”.

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