In the light of the current nationwide strike that is being embarked upon by a faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), to protest the increase in petrol price from N86.5 to N145 per litre, fresh reports have begun to emerge on the nature of the industrial action across the 36 states of the nation.
In Lagos state:
The organised labour is said to have shut down Ikorodu road as it is currently marching towards Ikeja from the Yaba office of the NLC and are close to Maryland.
Daily Sun gathered that the Lagos state protest is supervised by the deputy president of the Congress with the help of the Civil Society Organisations.
It was gathered that the strike is on and the protest is progressing as members of the Nigeria Police are watching the protest from the side line.
In Gombe state:
The strike is on in Gombe state as ministries, government offices, schools and commercial banks were not open for activities.
Premium Times reports that state chairman of the NLC, Haruna Kamara, told journalists on Wednesday that the committee would ensure that members of the union take part in the strike.
Also backing the strike, the state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Alhasan Yahaya, directed all media organizations in the state to join the strike.
In FCT Abuja:
Leaders of the NLC marched on Wednesday at about 9am from Labour House in central district of Abuja to the federal secretariat, where the president of the congress, Aliyu Wabba, addressed the workers.
According to Premium Times, a procession of unionists and workers, decked in t-shirts and displaying flags, is to move to the Berger Junction in Abuja, and will continue every day until the government rescinds its decision.
Meanwhile, in some parts of the FCT, workers defied the NLC nationwide strike as several of them were spotted reporting to their respective offices.
Vanguard Newspaper revealed that normal activities are in progress in all government offices in the federal capital.
North West States:
Civil servants in five States of the North West on Wednesday also defied the nationwide industrial action.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that federal and state workers in Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Kebbi have reported to their duty posts in defiance of the order.
In Ondo state:
NLC and TUC are currently protesting in Akure, the capital city of Ondo state as major roads are currently at traffic gridlock.
In Osun state:
Residents in Osogbo, the Osun State capital woke up to traffic gridlock and lull in commercial activities as members of the Nigerian Labour Congress and civil society groups under the Joint Action Front (JAF) took to the streets.
Newshelm reported that the protesters mounted a roadblock at the Olaiya roundabout which is the major entry route into the town, while some of them sat on the floor making it impossible for motorists to drive in and out of the state capital.
Banks and other government parastatals were shut, students of public schools were sent back home, while shops and market places in the town were half open for business activities.
In Taraba state:
The NLC gained ground in Taraba state as all ministries in the state and public schools were closed.
Also on strike is the non academics staff of the state university.
In Kwara state:
It was learnt that workers complied with strike order in Kwara.
Vanguard Newspaper said teachers in both primary and post primary schools complied with the directive of the national leadership of NLC to embark on the strike.
Stay tuned… More details to be added as it develops.