Economic Hardship: Begin food importation, TUC Tells FG

The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria has asked the Federal Government to begin the importation of food in two weeks to mitigate the soaring prices of food across the country.

This was disclosed by the President, TUC, Festus Osifo, during a press conference on the economic hardship ravaging the country on Monday in Abuja.

Since the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu on May 29 Inauguration Day, the cost of living has risen and inflation figures have been pushed to new highs in Nigeria.

Speaking barely 24 hours before the two day nationwide protest of theTUC, Festus Osifo, Osifo stressed that Nigerians have never witnessed this level of hardship before even during military regimes, adding that the problems are not unconnected to the government’s poor patronage of locally made products and services, and lack of capable hands at the helm of affairs.

TUC had earlier backed out of the planned two-day nationwide protest declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress over the high cost of living, inflation, insecurity, and hardship in the country.

The Vice-President of the TUC, Tommy Etim, told newsmen on Wednesday that the decision to protest on February 27 and 28 as announced by the NLC was not taken collectively by both unions.

The TUC in a letter dated February 19, 2024, written by its Secretary General, Dr Nuhu Toro, said the NLC unilaterally took the decision on the planned protest.

Punch / Arafat Ayofe

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