Labor Unions Protest Nationwide

Labor Unions Protest Nationwide
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The planned national protest instigated by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has commenced nationwide, with demonstrations occurring virtually in most of the 36 state capitals.

In cities such as Lagos, Kaduna, Bayelsa, Kano, and Rivers States, sizable processions were observed, accompanied by a significant presence of the Nigerian police at strategic locations.

Despite a last-minute meeting convened by the Federal Government, discussions with organized labor representatives failed to resolve, resulting in the continuation of the strike.

NLC President Joe Ajaero confirmed that the protest would proceed as planned, stating, “The rally continues. We have demands which we must present.” He further emphasized the importance of a peaceful demonstration, acknowledging both the responsibility of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the efforts from their side to maintain peace.

Labor Unions Protest Nationwide
    Comrade Joe Ajaero

    Attending the closed-door meeting were key government officials including the Attorney-General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; Minister of Finance, Wale Edun; Minister of Budget and Planning, Atiku Bagudu; Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari; Minister of Labour, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; and Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan. Representatives from NLC and the Trade Union Congress were also present.

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    The protest, aimed at addressing anti-people policies and economic challenges, is set to continue into the following day, hoping to draw attention to organized labor grievances and prompt government action.

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