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Protest in Abuja Launched by NLC



Starting in Abuja, the Nigeria Labour Congress and affiliated unions have initiated a protest highlighting the challenges of high living costs, inflation, insecurity, and general hardship faced in the country.

The march kicked off at 9:36 am from the Labour House Headquarters in Abuja.

Participating unions in the protest include the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, the FCT Council, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, and Construction Workers’ Union, among others.

Notable attendees at the national protest include Ene Obi, the former Nigeria Country Director of ActionAid, and Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress.

Demonstrators were visibly holding placards with messages such as “#End Poverty and Hunger. Support Local Industries#,” “Fix Local Refineries End Subsidy#”; “#End Naira Devaluation; Tax the Rich Subsidise the poor#” to voice their concerns regarding the ongoing economic challenges in the nation.

Prior to the commencement of the protest, NLC President, Joe Ajaero, spoke to journalists stating, “Despite government warnings against rallying, we are proceeding peacefully. We trust in God’s guidance.

“Our aim with this rally is to convey to the President the sentiments of Nigerians and where we are feeling the most pressure.”

Recent protests across the country have been spurred by the increasing cost of living for Nigerians.

On February 8, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress issued a 14-day strike notice to the government due to unfulfilled agreements following the fuel subsidy removal on October 2.

A failure by the Federal Government to honor its commitments post the 14-day ultimatum from the Labour movement will result in a two-day nationwide protest.

Last week, organized labour initiated mobilization for a nationwide rally held on February 27 and 28 to bring attention to the living crisis in the nation.

However, shortly after the announcement of the planned protests, the TUC clarified that it was not part of the scheduled protests by the NLC citing lack of consensus between the two unions.

Efforts by the Federal Government to prevent the proposed nationwide protest through a last-minute meeting on Monday night failed to yield any resolution.

Further details to follow…