A coalition of 50 other civil society organizations, the Stand Up Nigeria (SUN), has hailed the decision by a faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to back out of the planned strike.
This disclosure was made known by the National Coordinator of (SUN), Comrade Philip Agbese, while reacting to the outcome of the meeting between the federal government and the organised labour.
The group said it is obvious that patriotic Nigerians have resolved to support the current administration deregulation policy.
Agbese said by standing on the side of the people and supporting the deregulation, the factional NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero has shown that he is a true leader of the NLC and should lead the labour movement in Nigeria.
This is just as he accused the Ayuba Wabba faction of not doing anything to protect workers rights, saying “workers are being owed several months salaries and the NLC did not go on strike.”
The president of the SUN also explained that the N1.2 trillion paid out as subsidy in 2015 budget, if properly invested in other sectors should have built more infrastructures and created jobs.
His words: “As I speak, we have received the casket that signifies the final death of “subsidy” which has been used to milk the resources of this country by a certain minute minority and it shall be formally interned by 2pm today in the full glare of the Nigerian media for all to see that this epidemic will never visit us again in the nearest future.”
In the light of the ongoing nationwide strike by a faction of the NLC, reports have emerged that protesters have taken over the Airport Road in Lagos at an early hour of Wednesday morning.
As at press time, many commuters were said to have been stranded as there were no buses to convey them to their places of work.
It would be recalled, the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Babachir Ahmed, had in a statement last night, directed that all ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies invoke the provision of “no work no pay” to workers, who participate in the planned strike by the Wabba faction of the NLC.