NLC strike successful in Delta, Plateau

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Activities at the Delta State Government House were temporarily disrupted by protesting workers, demanding a reversal of fuel price and electricity tariff.

The protesters trekked from Traffic Light at Cable Point, a distance of about 10 kilometres to Government House, following which they blocked the entrance to Government House.

The protesters danced to the beats of popular hip- hop artists, including Edriss Abdulkareem, African China and Timaya.

They displayed placards with inscriptions such as “Nigeria needs employment, not fuel hike”; “Heal us, do not kill us”;”Fuel hike will bring untold hardship on Nigerians”; “Labour say no to Electricity tariff”; “NANS say no to Fuel Hike”

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The NLC First Vice Chairman, Jonathan Jemirieyigbe, said the union has attained 80 per cent compliance level in Asaba, the state capital.

He said the Federal Government had unilaterally taken decisions to hike the fuel price and increase electricity tariff without recourse to the National Assembly and the public.

There was full compliance with the NLC strike directive in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Schools and banks were closed. The state and federal secretariats were closed as Organised Labour blocked all entrances.

Workers of the University of Jos and the Nigerian Television Authority College were denied access to their institutions.

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Socio-economic activities in Akure, the Ondo state capital, were partially paralysed yesterday, following a peaceful protest by Organised Labour.

Leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) carried out the protest.

Civil servants were seen at the entrance gates of their offices. Some of them said they could not join the protest because their leaders have not been sincere about their welfare.

They blamed the NLC for not doing enough in the payment of the five-month salaries which the state government is owing them.