NLC Strike Over Petrol Price Hike Enters Day Three

NLC, Strike, PetrolThe ongoing industrial action of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has lingered into the third day, as the labour union insists that the Federal Government must reverse the increase in the price of petrol.

In Osun State, the NLC members, the Joint Action Front and students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile –Ife continued the peaceful protest, urging residents to reject the 145 Naira petrol pump price.

Commercial and other related activities in the ancient town went on as the protesters blocked the popular Lageere Roundabout, causing traffic for few hours whilst the protest lasted.

The workers comprising basically of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Non-Academic Staff Unions of Universities in OAU, moved from the campus to Mayfair roundabout, distributing flyers to motorists and people on the street.

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Leading the protest, the Chairman of ASUU in OAU, Dr. Caleb Aborisahde, told Channels Television that the Federal Government must rescind its decision, else the industrial disharmony would continue indefinitely.

He also urged the Federal Government to build local refineries to make the petroleum product readily available to Nigerians.

In Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State and some parts of the state in southwest Nigeria, the compliance level in the industrial action remained the same.

Human and vehicular activities were in top gear, as residents defied the stay at home order of the labour union.

While monitoring the exercise in Abeokuta, a member of the human rights groups, Yinka Folarin, blamed the Federal Government for allegedly orchestrating the division among the leadership of the organised labour unions.

Meanwhile, the old long queues at fuel stations across the metropolis before the introduction of the current 145 Naira per litre of Premium Motor Spirit popularly called petrol is fast disappearing as residents can now get the commodity at ease.

In Nigeria’s northern region, the NLC Chairman in Plateau State, Jibrin Bancir, and a member of the Civil Liberty Organisation, Steve Aluko, said that the union had continued to monitor proceedings at the state and the federal secretariats where the entrances were locked.NLC, Strike, Osun

However, secondary school students were going about their studies, as the Trade Union Congress were not part of the ongoing strike with only the primary schools under lock and key.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government had directed all ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies to invoke the provision of “no work no pay” on any staff who is absent from work.

While the Ayuba Waba led faction of the NLC insists on carrying on with the industrial action, the Joe Ajaero led faction had reached an agreement with the government to set up a committee to resolve agitations over the new pump price of petrol.

NLC Protests Alleged Retrenchment Of Workers

NLCThe Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) have staged a protest in Owerri, Imo State capital, against the alleged retrenchment of workers and salary cut of workers by the state government.

The NLC, led by its National President, Ayuba Waba, on Wednesday, demanded that the government pay the salaries of some parastatals.

The workers matched through the streets of Owerri, causing traffic gridlock and carrying various placards at the Nigerian Medical Association Complex along Port Harcourt road.

Mr Waba assured the workers that the leadership of the NLC would support them and ensure that they got what they deserved from the state government.

He added that the association would ensure that the government would not sack any worker.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Uche Nwosu, who spoke to reporters, said that the report was false.

Mr Nwosu debunked allegations of retrenching any worker nor slashing the salaries of workers in the state.

“The government has not intimidated or harassed any staff in the course of their duty,” he stressed.

He said that some policies of the government relating to workers were to make the state more viable in the face of the present economic situation in Nigeria.

Mr Nwosu, however, called on labour leaders to verify the authenticity of the said issues before casting aspersions on the government.

The Labour Union and the State Government had held a closed door meeting to find a way of resolving the issue at hand, amicably.

U.S. Urges Nigeria To Curb Unemployment With Micro-Financing

US EmbassyThe United States has asked the Nigerian government to invest in micro-finance to encourage small businesses that would reduce unemployment.

The call was made by the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, on Tuesday.

He also advised the government to make the Nigerian business environment friendly for foreign investors.

The Ambassador made the call in Abuja on Tuesday at a meeting with the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, to discuss the government’s blueprint for tackling unemployment and how the American government could assist.

Dr. Ngige outlined government’s plans to reduce unemployment and appealed to the United States government to assist Nigeria


Earlier, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Waba, presented a national action plan for job creation to the Labour Minister while urging him to take job creation and security as priorities of his administration.

Some of the other issues discussed by the workers union were the National Minimum Wage, establishment of a Labour Advisory Council and employment of casual workers by some companies.

NLC Frowns Against Proposed Ministry Merger

NLCThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned the proposal for the merger of ministries and parastatals of government as a way of cutting cost of governance.

The President of the Workers Union, Mr Ayuba Waba told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that the union will resist any move by government to merge ministries if the action will lead to loss of jobs.

According to him, such decision would be counterproductive to the ideology of job creation that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) sold to the electorates during the campaigns.

Already the Chief Executives of five states; Kano, Benue, Kaduna, Yobe and Oyo, have pruned the number of operating ministries they intend to run their administrations with.

NLC Reconciliation Move Suffers Setback

NLCEfforts to reconcile the two leadership factions of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have suffered a setback as the faction led by Comrade Joe Ajaero accused Adams Oshiomole of playing a divisive role in the process of reconciling the two parties.

The reconciliation committee was led by Comrade Hassan Sumonu and other labour veterans to address the disagreements between the two factions of Comrades Ayuba Waba and Joe Ajaero after the eleventh delegate congress declared Mr Waba as new NLC President.

This reconciliation move however suffered some setbacks on Tuesday, April 21, as members blamed Governor Adams Oshiomole of alleged partisanship.

The election of a new national executive of the NLC ended in chaos in Abuja on February 12.

Aggrieved delegates were caught on camera smashing and emptying ballot boxes with ballot papers flying on the floor of the International Conference Centre.

The workers alleged that the ballot papers were designed to favour one of the candidates vying for the President of the union.

Over 3,000 delegates voted as the General Secretary of National Union of Electricity Employees, Joe Ajaero and the President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Wabba Ayuba, presented themselves for election to replace Adbulwaheed Omar.

The President of NUPENG, Igwe Achese, had withdrawn from the race for Ajaero.

The NLC was formed by Nigerian workers in 1978 and has successfully conducted 10 delegates’ conferences.

Labour Party Sues For Peace Within NLC

LabourThe Caretaker Committee Chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Salisu Mohammed, has appealed to all those that contested in the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) election, to sheath their swords in order to have a united labour front.

Addressing a news conference  in Abuja on the crisis rocking the NLC in Abuja, Comrade Mohammed said that the party is worried about the division in the labour union over the outcome of the election.

The Chairman of the Labour Party, who denounced the endorsement of any presidential candidate by the Labour Party, added that it was not in the interest of Nigerian workers to have a parallel NLC.

Meanwhile, workers from different unions including; Electricity Workers Union, Nigerian Textile Workers Union and NUPENG are among those opposing the results of the election that declared Ayuba Waba President of the workers’ union.

NLC Election: Faction To Form Parallel Labour Leadership

Ayuba WabaThe crisis in the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is far from being over as a faction of the workers union is set to form a parallel labour leadership.

Workers from 23 unions including Electricity Workers Union, Nigerian Textile Workers Union and NUPENG are among those opposing the results of the election that declared Ayuba Waba president of the workers’ union.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja on Saturday, Comrade Joe Ajaero and the leadership of the aggrieved unions said they had fixed another delegate conference in Lagos for 21 February which would produce the leadership for the workers.

“You have Idan Giwa, Fege and another Abdulwaheed Omar supervising the same process. That is not acceptable. In the whole process of this election, Abdulwaheed Omar is not wanted.

” He is the caused of all that is happening in the labour movement today.

“I am the rightful winner of that election. I remain the authentic president of the Nigeria Labour Congress,” Mr Ajaero said.

“We are organising a special delegates conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Lagos on Saturday, February 21. Arrival shall be Friday.”

The reconvened NLC at the Eagle Square on Thursday was expected to lay to rest the crisis that trailed last months congress which failed to produce new leadership for the congress.

Less than 24 hours after, the congress announced the names of the new NLC leadership, members of 23 workers unions including some contestants rejected the results declared.

The eleventh delegate conference ended up in a fierce deadlock last month.

Although, a new leadership was declared in Friday’s elections, the reactions from these members showed that there was no end in sight for the crisis in the NLC.