By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Amidst continuous condemnation of the recent hike in price of petrol and the increment in electricity tarrif, the Socialist Party of Nigeria, (SPN) on Wednesday asked the National leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to declare a 48-hour nationwide strike with mass street protest to demand immediate reversal of the hikes
The party in a statement by its Oyo state Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun stressed that the immediate reversal of the hike and the increment became necessary in view of the fact that following the hike in the pump price and electricity tarrif, ” the already high prices of food items, transportation and the cost of education, health care including house rent have become more unbearable”
SPN while expressing its total support for the commencement of mass mobilisation of the Nigerians towards a mass protest to reject and defeat both the hike in the price of petrol and electricity tariff and other obnoxious policies of the Buhari/APC administration stressed that its negative effects will be too much on Nigerians.
“Except there is a reversal of this growing trend, the living condition of mass of the Nigerian working people which has already been battered by the consequences of various anti-people policies of successive pro-capitalist governments in the country and recent economic dislocation occasioned by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic will definitely be worsened.” it said.
The party added, “in consideration of this, SPN calls on the National leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Trade Union Congress, TUC to declare a 48-hour strike with mass action for effective mobilisation of Nigerian working people in preparation for a protracted struggle to defeat the onslaught”.
“SPN welcomes the decision of the national leadership of TUC to embark on an indefinite strike and mass protest on the 23rd September, 2020 should the Buhari-led government fails to reverse the hike in both the price of petrol and electricity tariff within seven days. There is no doubt that this onslaught by the Buhari-led government needs to be given a serious fight back.
“However, it is our belief in SPN that a 48-hr strike with mass action could be a more appropriate way to commence such a fight back. It will help to guarantee an effective mobilisation of mass of the working people in preparation for a prolong and determined struggle required to force a total reversal of the hike in pump price of petrol, electricity tariffs , VAT as well as other anti-people policies of the Buhari-led government.”
The party stated “in a circumstance whereby the leadership of NLC are not willing to declare a general strike SPN calls on workers, artisans, students and youths within communities to begin to set up action committees with a view to begining to organise independent protest actions within their respective communities and link up with other groups with similar initiatives for a joint action to defeat this anti-poor onslaught of Buhari government.”