…Government offices shut
…Banks markets, transportation affected
By Ukpono Ukpong
The two-day warning strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which kicked off yesterday, was complied with, to a large extent, nationwide.
The strike was called following the failure of the President Bola Tinubu administration to provide welfarist remedies to the dire socio-economic consequences of government’s removal of fuel subsidy, which spurred a bandwagon effect on most living indices.
Last Friday, NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, disclosed that the body would embark on the warning strike to protest against government’s failure to address the hardship facing Nigerians over the subsidy removal matter.
The decision, he stated, followed a meeting of NLC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at its meeting last Thursday.
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Ajaero said Federal Government had abandoned negotiations with NLC on the suitable and proper ways to mitigate the harsh effects of the subsidy removal.
In the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), government offices, including the massive Federal Secretariat, situated in the Three Arms Zone, were shut as workers complied with the NLC directive to stay off work.
It was also observed that electricity workers of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) complied fully with the warning strike as public power supply was cut since Monday night.
Similarly, some media organizations, especially the government-owned ones, also complied with the strike.
The entrance gate to the popular Radio House, which accommodates the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON), was locked, preventing staff from accessing the premises.
A staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) confirmed that nobody reported for work yesterday, pointing out that similar scenario will play out today.