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Normal Economic Activities In Abuja, Kaduna, Jos, Kogi Despite Strike

Posted: May 19, 2016 at 7:39 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
…Banks, Markets, Offices Defy NLC
Again, full economic activities were in full swing across the Federal capital, Abuja, and the surrounding states of Kaduna, Jos, kogi and Nasarawa as both public and private workers defy Nigeria Labour Congress shunned the ongoing strike.
The Ayuba Wabba-led NLC declared strike on Wednesday over increment in fuel price from N85.50k to N145 by the Federal Government.
The Joe Ajaero-led faction of NLC has been negotiating with government and has not taken part in the latest strike.
The strike monitored across Abuja and contiguous states showed little of no compliance as workers in public and private offices, including banks, markets, public and private offices defied the industrial action and opened with full operation.
However, the NLC, insisted the industrial action had been a huge success over the intimidation of its leaders and workers by government.
Speaking, Peter Ozo-Eson, the NLC Secretary-General, said the intimidation is a sign of success and vowed to continue.
The labour organisation, in a statement hailed its members and civil society allies for turning out “en masse” on Thursday to prosecute the strike action against the increase in pump price of petroleum product.
The congress praised those who supported the protest, for taking action “in spite of teething challenges”.
NLC said, “We salute their courage, patriotism and sacrifice in the face of overwhelming acts of threats and treachery”.
It vowed to continue with the protest, saying “no reasonable struggle comes easy, and this cannot be different.”
It further said, “Thus, in pursuance of the mandate given by the NEC of the Congress in conjunction with our Civil Society allies, the protest continues tomorrow.
“Accordingly, we urge you to mobilise your members, friends or colleagues for the continuation of the protest tomorrow.
“You are requested to assemble at Berger Roundabout tomorrow at 7 a.m. “For those who are yet to join the strike action, we similarly urge you to muster the necessary courage to be part of this historic struggle in defence of yourself, the weak and the vulnerable.”