June 9, 2024

Central News

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Labour Protest: Angry workers pull down National Assembly gate

TRUE to their threat, organised Labour on Wednesday turned out in various states across the country to protest against several grievances they have grouped under the tag, “President Tinubu’s Anti-People Programmes.”
The protests are evidently a prelude to a prolonged strike, masterminded by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
In a few isolated cases, like Jigawa State, turnout was low but in most states, compliance was appreciable including Lagos where government sympathisers had been issuing veiled threats against those who would comply.
In Lagos, Kano, Abia, Rivers states as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the protesters showed solidarity with their leaders.
Indeed, the first wave to get to the National Assembly complex pulled down the first barricade (first fence) because security attempted to deny them entry. That prompted spontaneous reaction by the Senate.
Bearing placards, all claiming “Anti-Poor People Policies” the protesters had trooped out in their hundreds from the Unity Fountain in Abuja to the NASS Complex to express their grievance with the President Bola Tinubu administration.
Upon their arrival at the NASS Complex, the protesters pulled down the first gate of the Complex after security agents attempted to stop them and marched to the premises forcefully.
Due to the development, the Senate, led by President Godswill Akpabio, immediately entered into a closed-door session and eventually resolved that the red chamber had set up a three-man committee to meet with the protesters at the National Assembly.
Senate Chief Whip Ali Ndume led the committee set up to dialogue with protesting unions. The Senate also resolved that it will, in the shortest possible time, meet with the NLC and TUC leadership to find an amicable resolution to the current impasse.
Ndume, alongside two other lawmakers — Senators Ireti Kingibe and Tony Nwonye — later met with the protesters at the National Assembly. Ndume later said that the protesting unions would accord the Legislature one week of respite.
The Senators were seen engaging Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Joe Ajaero; and his TUC counterpart, Festus Osifo. It was not certain at press time if the protests would continue on Thursday