By BIMBOLA OYESOLA Thursday, January 12, 2012
Organised labour at various rallies yesterday warned President Jonathan that his refusal to revert the petrol to N65 per liter might lead to a revolution, even as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) has called for a total production shut down.
Leaders of the organised labour and Civil Society groups at the third day of the strike charged Nigerians to prepare for a revolution should the President Jonathan led administration refuses to reverse to the N65 per liter pump price of petrol by weekend.
Labour has also disclosed that the sensitization and mobilization plans for the mass rally would change by Friday this week, if the president takes Nigerians for granted in the struggle for the liberation of their fatherland from slavery.
This was part of the message made known to Nigerians that gathered at the headquarters of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Yaba at about 7.30am yesterday before the take off of the enforcement and at other rally venues.
The campaign train moves from Yaba through Orile-Iganmu via Mile 2, Agboju Amuwo and end the first phase at the Lagos State University, Ojo. Addressing the crowd that gathered at the LASU gate, the Chairman of ASUU, Dr. Shola Fosudo called on Nigerians to spit out the fuel subsidy poison that was given to Nigerians by the Jonathan led-government. The Chairman of the Lagos State Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Edomisan Temiye called on Nigerians to insist that government gives more budgets on child health delivery.
According to Temiye: “It is unfortunate that Nigeria leaders are inflicting more pains on Nigerians when the state of the nation’s child delivery system is one of the worst in the world.” The Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), John Kolawole while thanking Nigerians for coming out in large number to liberate the nation’s economy from the hands of IMF messengers said: “While we commend Nigerians for the huge success recorded in the last three days, we also called on Nigerians to come out in larger numbers from today until the will of the people is done.”
However the PENGASSAN President, Babatunde Ogun said the oil workers would shut down production as President Jonathan has refused to address the issue which led to labour calling for nationwide industrial action.
“Now that the Federal Government has decided to be callous-minded, we hereby direct all production platforms to be on red alert in preparation for total production shutdown,” he directed.
Meanwhile the movement has scheduled visit to the slain Ademola’ family in Ogba today.
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