The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has asked the Federal Government to revert to the old pump price of N123.50 per litre.
The government had announced through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to marketers that the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol should now sell for N143.80 this month.
The union said the announcement came as a shock to all workers in the country especially coming at a time when most of them are still struggling and have not yet found their feet financially because of the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement by its General Secretary, Prince Peters Adeyemi, the union said the decision will further “exacerbate the already precarious economic situation of workers and the downtrodden in the society.”
The statement said: “The recent Federal Government announcement of the increase in the pump price of petrol from N123 per litre to N143.80 per litre with effect from 1st July, 2020 came to members of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and indeed all workers in the country as a shock, especially coming at a time when most workers are still struggling and have not yet found their feet financially after most of them have lost incomes and continue to lose incomes and jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most workers are months back in the payment of their rents and other loans.
“This increase cannot be justified especially at this time. We in NASU see it as an extortion of the downtrodden masses of this country in favour of market forces. It is not only unjust but insensitive. The action has added to the hardship of workers and ordinary Nigerians. We therefore call for an immediate reversal by Government.”