Monday September 28th was the proposed date for the beginning of the industrial strike from the Nigerian Labour Congress, but during a negotiation held with the House Of Representatives yesterday the 27th day of September, there has been a halt to the strike as the increment in electricity tariff has been halted. Speaker of the House Of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila urged the labour leaders to avoid a strike action as it would bring about untold hardship on the citizens and they would not want that.
As we all know, the world is recovering from Coronavirus pandemic which shutdown most economies in the world, leading to a huge fall in our currency here in Nigeria. The Federal Government Of Nigeria almost immediately slammed her citizens with increments in prices of various products such as Premium Motor Spirit(popularly known as Petrol), and electricity tariff which didn’t go down well with the citizens as some have proposed a peaceful protest march against these inhumane acts to be held on Nigeria’s Independence Day which is October 1st.
The Labour Congress (which is the voice of the common man) came out to say they would shutdown the economy by going on an industrial strike till parity is restored. The Chairman of the aforementioned office, Mr. Ayuba Wabba lamented on the hike in prices of goods and services since the increase of petroleum, he also talked about the heavy taxation on citizens who earn the meagre minimum wage, other complaints included;
1. Extreme cost of running the government
2. Gross misappropriation of funds/corruption.
3. Fuel subsidy being fraudulent.
He also stated that even as we as a country celebrate Sixty years (60) of independence, the hunger in the country is worsening.
The Chairman commended the efforts of the House Of Representatives in its mediating on behalf of the Government, but stated that if the demands of organised labour are not met by the Federal Government before the agreed ultimatum, the strike would proceed.