Workers in Imo State have joined the nationwide protest organized by labour unions to voice their grievances over the removal of fuel subsidy by the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government. Speaking to newsmen in Owerri, the state capital, the workers called on the government to reverse the subsidy removal and address other pressing economic concerns.

At the scheduled venue for the protest at the Assumpta Cathedral roundabout control post, security operatives were present, taking control of the situation. However, this did not deter the workers from expressing their dissatisfaction with placards bearing inscriptions such as “Let Nigerians Breathe,” “Fuel Price Increase Suffocating The Poor,” and “Naira Devaluation Killing Local Industries and Jobs,” among others.

Dr. George Ogoegbu, the Acting Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Imo State, urged the Federal Government to reconsider its recent economic policies. The workers demanded the government to take concrete actions such as fixing refineries, ensuring payment of university workers’ eight months’ salary arrears, reducing Value Added Tax (VAT), and decreasing school fees for unity colleges and tertiary institutions.

The nationwide protest organized by the NLC and the Trade Unions Congress (TUC) reflects the growing concern among workers over the impact of the subsidy removal and other economic policies on their livelihoods. The workers’ call for President Bola Tinubu to address these issues highlights the urgency of finding sustainable solutions to the current economic challenges faced by the nation.

He said, “We urge Mr President to keep faith with the agreement entered by the Federal Government, NLC and TUC. We cannot continue to suffer; let the poor masses breathe.

“Nigerian workers are one of the least paid in the world. We cannot fuel our vehicles. The cost of living is alarming and we can no longer continue this way”, he said.

Also, the Secretary of the TUC in Imo, Mr. Benjamin Ezekwe, questioned the motives behind the removal of fuel subsidy without concrete plans to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians.

He called on the Federal Government to desist from making promises and swing into action without delay, adding that the long wait for a remedy since May 29 has become exhausting.

“The President of a country ameliorates the suffering of the masses, not otherwise but a majority of President Tinubu’s policies have brought suffering upon Nigerians and we the workers can no longer continue to suffer in silence.

“We challenge Mr. President; if he is not coerced into being our president to revisit his policies without delay and ease our suffering. Procrastination is the thief of time “, he said.

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