Tuesday, 16 February 2016

KEROSENE SUBSIDY REMOVAL: BUHARI TIGHTENS THE NOOSE ON WORKING PEOPLE AND THE POOR


Labour must act mobilize mass actions against anti-poor attacks

PRESS STATEMENT 

We of the Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) condemn in strongest terms the removal of subsidy on kerosene by Buhari government. With the move, the price of kerosene has been increased from 50 naira to 83 naira. We view the move as a further step in impoverishing the mass of the working people and the poor after subsidy on fuel has been removed.

It is a fact that kerosene is the means of cooking in most poor and working people homes. This action has further confirmed our position that there is no fundamental difference between APC and PDP and hence Buhari government cannot guarantee real change for the masses.

We are of the view the entire trade union movement and pro-working masses’ organisations must mobilise the working people to resist this attack

We note that the Nigeria Labour Congress has condemned  this attack through  the Communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Committee of held on 29th January, 2016. However, we are quick to state that only organised mass movement can repel the avalanche of  attacks on working people and the poor.

More importantly, we submit that without the labour movement coming to a clear ideological conclusion that without the mass of working people taking over the reins of governance and the commanding heights of the economy and building a mass political movement to achieve this task, there is no way out for the working people.

Segun Sango
National Chairperson
 

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