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Fuel hike: Organized labour has died in Nigeria, Wike says

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the organized labour is dead in Nigeria.

Wike attacked the workers’ union on Friday in reaction to the confusion the ‘greeted’ the increase in petrol price.

On Thursday, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulation Agency (PPPRA) released a template which revealed that a litre would cost between N209 to N212 for March.

But the agency and the federal government said it was only an update on latest market trends and would have no effect on pump price.

On Twitter, Wike said labour movement in the country “is dead because it has lost its force of engagement with government and can hardly achieve anything good”.

The governor stated that the leadership has left the substance to pursue shadows.

Wike said they hardly speak in a manner that can change the “many anti-people policies being implemented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government”.

Wike accused the leadership of the union of chasing things that are personal to them.

He noted that all over the world, when government is not going the right way, “it is labour that comes out to say we cannot allow it”.

“Majority of our people are civil servants and have others to cater for. But since the inception of this government, labour has died.”

Wike further mocked the unions, recalling that they were alive during Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“They said the country must come down because he is from a minority area. But look at what is happening.

“There’s increase in fuel pump price, insecurity, and increase of electricity tariff. Where is labour? Where is TUC, where is NLC? The only thing I hear is minimum wage,” he said.

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