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NLC nationwide Protest: We’ll shock federal government after expiration on 2 March -Taraba Labour chair

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By Celestine Ihejirika, Jalingo

Sequel to nationwide protest embarked upon by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday, indication has emerged that at the end of March 2nd 2024, Federal government will be experiencing the shock if it fails to honour demands agreement with labour.

State Chairman Comrade Peter Jediel who disclosed this to newsmen shortly after reading communique issued by labour National president, Comrade Joe Ajaero at the end of protest in Jalingo said it will no longer be business as usual, if the Federal Government fails to meet up with the demands/ terms of agreement with labour.

According to him, if demands are not met after the expiration of March 2nd 2024, an indefinite nationwide strike will ensue pointing out that, it will be mother of all strikes that will lead to complete lockdown of entire country and urged the people of the State to start getting prepare as food, market, vehicular movement, others will all be grinded down.

In the inscription placards displaced by civil servants in Jalingo today which reads “end hungry and poverty, remove tax on drugs, stop fooling the masses, stop cheating our future, let justice prevail in the land, Nigerians are hungry, we will shutdown the state and Nigeria, stop double allocation to politician, enough is enough and so on”.

Comrade Jediel who had earlier sued for peaceful protest in the State noted with satisfaction that the conduct/maturity and law abiding civil servants will adhere to instructions and urged them to continue in that spirit.

The number one labour leader in Nigeria according to Comrade Jediel at the end of its NEC meeting recently expressed deep disappointment and condemned the action of the federal government in refusing to implement the agreements with labour while he described the continued suffering of Nigerian people and workers as unbearable.

It will be recalled that, on Monday, 29 May, 2023, President Senator Bola Tinubu announced during his inaugural speech the withdrawal of subsidy on premium motor spirit (PMS) in Nigeria.

Consequently, the price of the product, which is central to transportation and power in Nigeria, escalated across the nation, throwing the nation into turmoil and confusion as citizens were left stranded, thus increasing suffering hardship and angst among the populace.

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