The Nigerian labour congress has on Thursday, 3rd August 2023, suspended protests and planned strike action. This was the resolution reached at its national executive council meeting after the President and the senate intervened.
The NLC protests which took off on Wednesday, 2nd August 2023 across all states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, which prompted an emergency meeting between President Bola Tinubu and leaders of the Labour Unions.
The protests were prompted by perceived delays in reeling out palliatives to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal.
The labour congress maintained its position that a broadcast by the president, on Monday, 31st July 2023, enumerating his plans for economic revamp, was not the silver bullet Nigerians wanted
The NLC president, Joe Ajaero, following the meeting with President Tinubu, said the President had made some commitments promising immediate interventions to some of the issues raised during the meeting by the Labour leaders.
In a statement jointly signed by the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Festus Osifo commended Nigerian workers for the massive turnout for the protest across the country.
Our hats are doffed at your determination and commitment to saving ourselves and indeed the nation from those whose only interest is to foist continuous deprivation and suffering on Nigerians.”Joe Ajaero – President NLC
It said the workers had sent a very strong signal to leaders at all levels that they must listen to the people.
It also thanked the leadership of the National Assembly for their pledge to resolve the issues raised by the Nigerian people, and also, their deep understanding of the need for Government to be prompt in the provision of relief measures to alleviate the consequence of the hike in the price of Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, on the citizenry.
Story: Hauwa Mohammed