Subsidy: Delta PDP chieftain faults NLC’s planned nationwide protest



Mr Sunny Onuesoke, former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Guber aspirant in Delta has described Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) planned nationwide protest begining from Jan. 27, 2022 as misplaced priority.


Onuesoke made remark on Friday while newsmen in Warri.


PDP chieftain reacting to proposed protest by labour union following  Federal Government’s plan to remove subsidy from petroleum products.


He said rather than protesting over fuel subsidy, Union should have vent their anger over failure of authority to renovate the non functional refineries in the country.


Onuesoke noted that  issue of payment of fuel subsidy would be minimised or totally eradicated if  Warri, Port Harcourt and  Kaduna refineries were functioning  optimally.


He said that government had no reasons not to revive domestic refineries, stressing that it only Nigeria among OPEC member-countries that import more than 90 per cent it’s refined petroleum consumption.


“I expect NLC to  protest over non functional of the Nation’s refineries and the twenty one  NNPC storage tank farms across the country rather than fuel subsidy removal.


“If the labour union can push for the repairs of the refineries and it is done, the issue of fuel subsidy will be over. I wonder they are all turning their eyes away from the reality.


“What is the need of having over four non functional refineries that is gulping billion of Naira annually,” he asked.


Onuesoke maintained that the of fuel subsidy without making strategic plans or giving particular attention to the domestic refining would inflict more hardship on the people.


“Before the of the fuel subsidy, it will indeed be a very good idea for Nigeria to go all out to resuscitate four comatose refineries and embark on building new others in order to mitigate the consequences of the withdrawal,” he said. (NAN)