We need food, security, NLC tells government 

... CP, governor, join protests

CITIZENS COMPASS —The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) alongside Civil Society Organisations on Tuesday, trooped to the streets to protest against hunger and insecurity across the country. 

In Lagos, the protests were more of a carnival as Lagos State Police Command were seen distributing biscuits and water to the protesters. 

Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade led other policemen to join the protesters who were happier to see the CP.

As at 8.30 a. m, vehicular movement around Ikeja axis was on a stand still as protests grounded the Obafemi Awolowo Road with gridlock stretching from Allen Junction to other parts of Ikeja. 

Many road users were seen treking long distances to access their destinations as many commercial drivers were trapped within. 

Simultaneously, the protests were well mobilised around Ojuelegba as many shop owners and road users joined the protesters. 

The protesters bore placards with various inscriptions. 

In Oyo State, the state governor, Seyi Makinde joined the state chapter of NLC assuring the protesters that the current hardship would soon be over.

In Abuja, NLC National President, Joe Ajaero said the two-day nationwide protes is about hunger and the economic hardship in the nation.

He said contrary to the claim made by the Presidency that the ongoing protest is needless and about the minimum wage review, the union is not protesting only about the review of the country’s minimum wage.

Meanwhile, NLC has suspended the protests urging its workers to resume work immediately. 

The labour union disclosed this in a communique issued after a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which reviewed the execution of the first day of the protest.

NLC said the protest achieved an overwhelming success and attained the key objectives of the two-day protest on the first day.

Earlier, the sister union, Trade Union Congress (TUC), pulled out of the protests actoss the country.


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