A factional president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajaero, has revealed that his faction will not be participating in tomorrow May 18th planned strike action against the increased pump price of petrol. Speaking to newsmen in Abuja today, Ajaero said the present economic hardship many Nigerians are facing will increase if the strike holds.
He accused the Ayuba Wabba led faction of the NLC of asking for a loan of N2 billion they took to buy houses to be written off by the government .
“When you are asking that the loan given to you in 2012, which had not been paid back should be written off, we believe that the action has already been sold out before it takes off. So, we will wait for our group to meet. But definitely, it appears that by ideology and every other thing, we can no longer meet.
We thought we should have managed this in the interest of Nigerians but from the look of things, it appears we have to go our different ways. We have condemned the increase and called for negotiation and reversal.
It was on the basis of our calls that this meeting was summoned for us to meet and find the way forward.” While insisting that his group will not participate in the strike, Ajaero said, “If we wanted to be serious about an action, you can’t call for an action on Wednesday.
It is only an action that is sold out that is called for Wednesday so that by Friday, you say you have strike lethargy and call it off.”