Economic Woes: Massive Turn-Out As NLC Begins Protest In Abuja, Lagos

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Large turn-out of protesters march the streets over economic strait on Tuesday.

The Nigeria Labour Congress planned Nationwide Protest slated for February 27 and 28, occasioned by the high cost of living in the country On Tuesday commenced in Abuja and Lagos.

The protesters, on Tuesday morning, began their marches from the Labour House in Abuja and the Ikeja under-bridge in Lagos, while chanting solidarity songs and slogans.

NLC had alerted its members across the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to protest against the hardship being faced by civil servants in Nigeria.

Adegoke Fayoade, Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, was on the ground at the nation’s commercial capital.

Joe Ajaero, NLC president, and Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2023 election, led the Abuja rally.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress had on February 8, issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Federal Government over its failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2 following the removal of fuel subsidy.

However, as Nigerians continue to grapple with economic hardship, the union decided to embark on a two-day nationwide protest to press home their demands.

Despite security advisory by the Department of State Services (DSS), the union kick-started the protest in many cities across the country.

Aggrieved Nigerians and workers were seen trooping into the Labour House with security operatives in the early hours of Tuesday.

Said Jaero: “There is hunger in the land. We are hungry. There is nobody that doesn’t know this. Our rally is a peaceful one”.

The protesters also marched to the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

A late night meeting on Monday between the Federal Government and NLC was not enough to convince the latter to shelve the nationwide protests.

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