Protesters March In Computer Village, Other Parts Of Lagos As Nigerian Labour Unions Reject Hardship 


he Nigerian Labour Congress on Tuesday began its two-day massive protest in Lagos State over the bad state of the economy in the country.

 The members of the labour union were seen in their large numbers in Computer Village, Ikeja, and on other adjoining streets to demand immediate intervention from the President Bola Tinubu-led Nigerian government to ease the hardships citizens are currently facing in the country.

They are also protesting the government’s alleged failure to implement agreements reached between both parties on October 2, 2023, following the removal of the fuel subsidy.

The decision followed the conclusion of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the Federal Government to implement measures against the widespread hardship.

Recall that ugamatv reported about a meeting between the government and the NLC leadership on Monday night but it ended in a deadlock.

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A press statement issued by Comrade Ismail Bello, the union General Secretary yesterday had also urged all its affiliated bodies to start mobilisation of their members for the nationwide protest slated to commence on Tuesday.

The statement reads: “A letter from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment signed by the Director of Trade Union Services with the above subject inviting various industrial Unions to a meeting slated for today has just come to the notice of Congress and we want to quickly urge all our affiliates to disregard its contents.

“We believe that it is laden with mischief with the intention of breaking the solidarity of Nigerian workers and Nigerians in their resolve to peacefully engage the government over the massive hardship that has taken over our nation.

“To this end, Congress requests all Presidents and General Secretaries to continue in their mobilizing efforts towards a successful nationwide protest tomorrow; the 27th and Wednesday, the 28th and refuse to be distracted by such aberrant invitation.

“Once again, let us keep our eyes on the ball and ensure a successful protest as we look forward to seeing you at the barricades!”