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NLC threatens a nationwide shutdown amid an economic crisis and demands action on agreements

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In an unyielding stance, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared its intention to initiate a nationwide shutdown if any of its members face attacks during the upcoming two-day protest, set to commence on February 27, 2024.

The announcement, articulated in a statement on Sunday and endorsed by NLC President Joe Ajaero, underscores the organization’s determination to proceed with the planned industrial action.

The NLC emphasises the imperative for the Federal Government to implement agreements with organised labour and urgently address the escalating economic challenges in Nigeria.

With the nation grappling with mounting inflation, food price hikes, foreign exchange crises, and economic hardships exacerbated by the removal of petrol subsidies, pockets of protests have erupted across the country.

Despite government pressures urging a reconsideration of the planned strike, the NLC asserts its members’ resilience and commitment to the nationwide protest.

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The NLC’s core demands centre on ensuring an adequate food supply, securing the safety of citizens, and fostering a dignified life free from stifling IMF and World Bank economic policies.

The labour union expresses concern over alleged plans to disrupt peaceful rallies, condemning instances of government agents using force against protesters.

Ajaero affirms, ‘The solution to our economic challenges and hunger is not by suppressing dissent or inflicting violence on peacefully protesting citizens.’

The NLC signals its determination to proceed with protest rallies against economic hardship and insecurity, urging the government to seek viable solutions rather than resorting to violent measures.

In the event of any aggression against the NLC and other protesters, Ajaero warns of a ‘total shutdown via withdrawal of services by workers.’

The NLC emphasises that they, along with other Nigerians, cannot be easily intimidated, emphasising the imperative for the state to address the root causes of the people’s grievances.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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