In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 29th, September, 2020

Indignant Nigerian Employees And College students Protest In Oyo, Accuse Labour Leaders of Betrayal

Angry Nigerian Workers And Students Protest In Oyo, Accuse Labour Leaders of Betrayal




Some employees, college students, merchants and anxious residents got here out on Monday to stage a protest towards the hike within the pump worth of petrol and different insurance policies of the Federal Authorities.


This comes after the Nigeria Labour Congress and Commerce Union Congress suspended the proposed strike motion.


In response to Punch, the employees, who gathered on the Agodi Gate space, have been led by a human rights activist, Femi Aborisade, who’s the Vice Chairman of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Past; the Nationwide Coordinator of All Employees’ Convergence, Andrew Emelieze, and different unionists.


The protesters, who have been armed with placards condemning the Federal Authorities and its insurance policies, stated Nigerians had been additional impoverished by the current hike within the electrical energy tariff and petrol pump worth.


They stated corruption by authorities officers, amongst others, had made life insufferable for the lots whereas criticising lack of satisfactory funding for the schooling and well being sectors.


Aborisade stated ASCAB was towards the settlement between the Nigeria Labour Congress, Commerce Union Congress and the Federal Authorities, saying labour leaders should have briefed employees earlier than taking the choice.


Emelieze, who’s a previous Chairman of the TUC, described the leaders of the physique and the NLC on the nationwide degree as traitors.


He stated, “Though the NLC and the TUC suspended their strike motion, we, within the ASCAB, AWC, NANS, Joint Motion Entrance, artisans, merchants and others determined to stage a protest towards how the Federal Authorities is treating Nigerians. We additionally condemn the nationwide NLC and TUC for betraying Nigerians on the final minute.”


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A civil rights motion, the Useful resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Training, on Monday, described as betrayal the choice by organised labour to droop its deliberate strike over deregulation and enhance in electrical energy tariff.


The organisation stated whereas it was not advocating a strike motion for the enjoyable of it, “we make no mistake about the truth that the Nigerian individuals must ship a powerful message to the federal government that its strangulating insurance policies are unacceptable.”


The Government Director of CHRICED, Dr Ibrahim Zikirullahi, in a press release titled, ‘Capitulation by Labour: A clarion name for residents to straight resist harsh insurance policies’, stated it had “rigorously studied the reasons given by the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Commerce Union Congress of Nigeria to shelve the overall strike and protests, which had been slated to start on Monday.

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