By DAPO OLAWUNI
The Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) has condemned the perennial fuel scarcity across Nigerian states, as well as scarcity of the newly redesigned Naira notes to even as it warned that the 2023 general elections may not hold as scheduled.
Speaking at the 13th NLC National Delegates Conference held at the International Conference Center, Abuja on Tuesday, National President of NLC, Comrade Ayuba Waba said it is unacceptable that many Nigerians can no longer access their money lodged at the banks.
The conference tagged “Building People’s Power, National Unity and Quest for a New Social Contract” had Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as Special Guest of Honor.
According to him, it is shameful that Nigeria being a member of OPEC cannot make fuel available for the use of the common masses.
“This conference is taking place at a time whereby many Nigerians have been pushed to the wall and queuing up endlessly at banks to access new currency notes and queuing at fuel stations. This is definitely unacceptable because we have more than enough to address these challenges, we are a main oil producing country and a member of OPEC, but we are still importing.
“Secondly, we don’t understand the rational, you lodge your money at the banks but you are limited from withdrawing it. No economy in the world has practiced such an economic model, if this two policies are not addressed within the shortest possible time, nobody can predict the outcome
“We have seen a situation whereby people are protesting nude at the bank because they want to access their money and they cannot access the money, there is a theory that the coming election may not take place in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
“We must have smooth transition because we fought for democracy and we must continue to enjoy democracy” he said
Also present at the conference were, Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, Comrade Adams Oshiomole among other dignitaries.