NewsNigeriaPoliticsNo going back on our proposed strike, NLC vows

The Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed that there is no going back on its proposed industrial action on Wednesday, unless the Federal Government and by extension the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited NNPCL does the needful by returning to statusque.

Benson Upah, Head of Information and Public Affairs of NLC on Sunday insisted on the position in a press statement he signed on behalf of the organisation.

The workers body was reacting to a story in a national newspaper on Sunday, when it used the opportunity to clarify its stand.

It described the lead story on the front page of ThisDay of Sunday, June 4th, 2023 titled “NLC Divided   as North, South-West chapters may shun planned strike”, describing it as laughable and desperate attempt by enemies of the people to polarise NLC along ethnic or regional lines on an issue with  a national spread.

According to Upah, the scenario only plays in their imagination as NLC continues to be the biggest pan-Nigerian organisation united by a common vision/ mission and shared national values.

The statement read, “On the looming strike action, we want to assure that all the affiliate unions of the Congress stand together with an unshakeable resolve to prosecute, come Wednesday, except the NNPC and Government do the needful.

“Whereas, primordial sentiments such as religion, region or ethnicity may be a refuge for some, at the Nigeria Labour Congress, they have no place.  What counts for us are issues such as the mindless and criminal increase in the pump price of PMS whose burden will be borne by the already impoverished communities of the poor across Nigeria,” Labour stated.

NLC said the burden of this malevolent policy won’t be borne by other segments of the country to the exclusion of the North or South- West, hence, there is no reason for these regions to back out of the strike.

“We do not know from where ThisDay got their story. However, if this is their way of making up for the gaps in their relationship with the new entities in power, we would say, it is rather excessive! the organised Labour union noted.

By Uzoamaka Ikezue (Staff Reporter)

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