Fuel Hike: ES Press Briefing
The Director of Church and Society Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and Executive Secretary Caritas Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey recently had a press conference with members of staff and media personnel on Friday 20th May, 2016 to address issues bothering on the recent hike in fuel price and the NLC strike.
This forum, which took place in Catholic Secretariat conference hall, had in attendance over a hundred members of staff and more than four media corporations including Channels TV, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), AIT, etc.
According to the ES, “the recent hike in the price of fuel, economically, may appear justifiable”, but the unforeseen danger revolves around the freedom of importation of fuel by capable hands. He however condemned the hike on grounds of its social impact as “it ends up emasculating the poor and swelling the ranks of those who are below the poverty level…”
While sympathizing with the NLC, the ES urged the congress to continue its negotiation with government over the minimum wage as it is the best option; although, prolonged strikes are not in the interest of the common man.