By Oscarline Onwuemenyi
KANO â€” The national leadership of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee, NULGE, has rejected the planned deregulation of the petroleum downstream sector by the Federal Government amid debilitating fuel crisis in the country.
President of the union, Comrade Kingsley, told newsmen in Kano that the move, aside the fact that it is ill-timed, the spill over consequences would increased suffering for the downtrodden.
Kingsley who is also the Vice President of the Nigerian Labour Congress was in Kano to inaugurate a seven-man committee for the Kano chapter of the union stressed the need to urgently refurbish our ailing refineries to create necessary balance for the take off of such action.
He also urged Nigerians to reject the deregulation option being sold by the government, pointing out that the anticipated benefit canvassed by the proponent was a “mirage and of no benefit” to common man.
â€œI am against deregulation option by the Federal Government, and we enjoin them instead to put our refineries in order, and anything other than this will translate to increased suffering to our people,” Kingsley said.
The NLC Vice President dissolved the leadership of the Kano chapter of the union and in its place swore in Alhaji Muhammadu Dabo as the caretaker chairman.
The NULGE President stated that the decision by the national body to sack the Kano chapter officials was as a result of serious constitutional breaches that could not be tolerated in the organised labour union.