NLC Protest In Abuja Against Hike In Fuel Price

Abuja-civil-servants-workers-strikeThe Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by Mr Ayuba Waba were on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Wednesday to protest against the recent hike in the price of petrol.

The protest is also a fallout from the negotiation meetings between the workers union and the federal government which ended in deadlock as the leadership of the NLC under Mr Ayuba Waba walked out of the meeting.

The President of the NLC says the 145 naira pump price for petrol is outrageous and must be reviewed downward.

He is asking the government to address the corruption identified with the subsidy regime rather than increase the price of petrol.

Mr Waba said that “What used to be known as subsidy is a scam, instead of addressing the scam in 2012, it was pushed to the consumer “.

He noted that NLC has been in support on the fight against corruption and supported good governance, “which has demonstrated our commitment to the effect hat we will continue to respond to issues that are detrimental to the system”.

He called for the government to work on the inferences to work prefect to avoid Nigerians getting explored.

Labour Minister, Chris Ngige Condemns NLC Strike

Chris Ngige, Labour Minister, NLC StrikeNigeria’s Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, says that those who are on strike following the increase in petroleum pump price are at the risk of facing a fine of 100,000 Naira or six months in jail as prescribed by  Section 40 of the Labour laws.

He said this while answering questions from journalists at the end of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister wondered why the NLC did not abide by the constitutional provision of serving on government the initial 15 days’ notice before calling out the strike.

He said that but for the human face of the change administration those embarking on strike were taking a risk.

Also speaking, the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Mallami, said that the federal government went to court to stop the NLC from going on strike to prevent what he called a possible breakdown of law and order and hardship on the generality of Nigerians.

According to them, it has become unconstitutional for Labour to call for a strike in the event of breakdown of negotiations and reconciliation process.

Dr. Ngige said that government engaged all the factions of the labour union as a show of concern to all the citizens of the country and because government wants peace.

NLC Strike: Normal Business Activities Witnessed In Kano, Rivers

NLC strike, Kano, Rivers, NLCWorkers in the commercial city of Kano have defied the directive of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) by opening their offices and businesses.

At the Audu Bako Secretariat all offices were opened for work with market places booming with normal activities.

From Government ministries, to private establishments and market places, residents turned out in large numbers for their daily activities, practically boycotting NLC’s strike directive.

Motor parks and all filling stations in Kano also opened for business and schools also opened.

Our correspondent reports that the Kano State Police Command has also deployed unarmed officers to protect the lives and property of the citizens

Hundreds of policemen were deployed to all the exit and entry points of Kano State.

Although members of the Nigeria Labour Congress were nowhere to be found, unarmed policemen were also seen at the premises of Labour House in Kano.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police has said that so far there has been no report of any protest in Kano and that the deployment was to protect the lives and property of Nigerians resident in Kano.

Kano has remained peaceful with activities going on in a conducive atmosphere.

Life also appeared normal in Rivers State despite the strike called by a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Schools, hospitals, banks and many of the places visited showed no sign of the strike as many of the civil servants in the state secretariat turned up for work.

Some workers who spoke behind camera said that there was no clear cut order to embark on a strike that may jeopardise their pay.

The TUC Chairman in the state, Chika Onuegbu, told Channels Television that the strike in the state was a failed project.