By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY—THE Niger Delta Democratic Coalition, NDDC, weekend, warned the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, to stay away from the Niger Delta in its planned strike, saying that the group would mobilise over one million youths to resist any attempt to enforce the proposed strike action in the region.
Meanwhile, South South leaders met last night at the residence of Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, in Abuja with a view to taking a position on the recent massacre of Southern Christians in the North and also the prevailing crisis over the removal of fuel subsidy.
Though details of the meeting is were unknown at press time, but the text message sent to the leaders for the meeting read: “My fellow compatriots, you are urgently invited to attend a meeting today (Sunday) to discuss the state of the nation, particularly the massacre of Southern Christians in the North. It is important you attend”.
Vanguard learnt however that the South South leaders are not happy with the way and manner their counterparts in the North are handling the issue of Boko Haram and the recent hike in fuel prices as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy.
Vanguard was reliably informed that the leaders are worried that the Northern leaders may have perfected plans to frustrate the administration of President Jonathan who is from the South South, therefore wants to strategize to check their activities.
However, National Coordinator of the NDDC, Chief Denis Otuaro, who spoke to newsmen in Benin City , urged the leadership of the NLC to toe the path of the law by fighting its course through the law court rather than embarking on industrial action which according to him would further impoverish the masses of the country.
While stressing the need for the NLC to accept the removal of the fuel subsidy by the Federal Government, he said that “that N1.4trillion that will be saved through the removal of the subsidy will be enough to construct roads and bridges in the Niger Delta region where the wealth of the nation is.
We are aware that the people fighting against the removal of the subsidy are those people who have been benefiting for years from that money and these set of people are not from the Niger Delta yet they are milking the nation dry.
“We will appeal to the NLC to obey the Court order which had declared any strike action on Monday as illegal. NLC is also part of the problem of the nation because they should also tell Nigerians what happened to our dead refineries because they are the civil servants incharge. It is an open secret in Nigeria that the civil service is the bedrock of corruption in Nigeria ” he stated.
….As group urges NLC to suspend strike
WARRI—A non-governmental organisation, Unveilers of Good Leaders Foundation, UGLF, has called on the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and civil society organisations to suspend the planned nationwide strike against Federal Government’s announcement of oil subsidy removal, saying it will only worsen the poverty and hardship situation already being faced by the Nigerian masses.
National President of the group, Evangelist David Ohwobeya, in a statement yesterday in Warri, suggested that the NLC and Nigerians should give the Federal Government at least six months to examine how government intends to utilize the subsidy fund to improve the country’s economy.
Ohwobeya pointed out that the NLC and Nigerians should avail the Federal Government the benefit of doubt, noting that government has good intention and was determined to make adequate use of the subsidy fund.
He admitted that though the removal of subsidy may have some inflation effect, but further assured that shortly Nigerians shall witness and enjoy the dividends of the subsidy fund.