the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria have jointly declared an open-ended and indefinite strike set to commence from October 3, sending ripples across the nation. The announcement was made during a meticulously organized press briefing held in the heart of the nation’s capital, Abuja, on a consequential Tuesday, September 26.
At this press briefing, attended by an attentive audience of journalists and concerned citizens, the eminent President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, and his TUC counterpart, Festus Osifo, stood united in their resolve to address the pressing issues afflicting the populace. They took the opportunity to earnestly advise fellow Nigerians to prepare for the potential disruption in essential services and economic activities that this indefinite strike might cause by judiciously stockpiling foodstuffs and necessary supplies.
The core grievance that has propelled this decisive step is the perceived insensitivity exhibited by the government in response to the multifaceted challenges faced by the Nigerian populace. A key catalyst for this industrial action has been the removal of the petrol subsidy, a move viewed as burdensome to the already struggling citizens. Moreover, the continuous demonstrations of apathy and a palpable lack of initiative by the authorities to roll out palliative measures have further fueled the discontent that led to this resolute decision.
The leaders highlighted the urgent need for the government to empathize with the plight of the people, comprehensively consider the adverse implications of their policies, and proactively engage in meaningful dialogue to chart a course that addresses the concerns of the masses. The NLC and TUC emphasized their commitment to fostering an equitable society where the welfare of the citizenry remains at the forefront of governance and policy-making. Their call for collective solidarity and engagement seeks to usher in a future where the interests of every Nigerian are given the priority they rightfully deserve.