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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Reps appeal to NLC to stop protest

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The House of Representatives has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve its peaceful protest currently ongoing across the country.

The House Spokesman and Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Akin Rotimi, Jr., made the appeal in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said: “As representatives of the people, the House of Representatives is fully aware and empathises with Nigerians on account of the hardship being experienced as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy. We also acknowledge the rights of the NLC to carry out peaceful protests as a means of clamouring for relief for Nigerian workers as we go through these challenging times. Like most Nigerians, we know that building a progressive and prosperous nation requires hard and far-reaching decisions which must be taken in the collective interest of the people, and see reason with the decision of the federal government to take the bull by the horn in the interest of long term economic growth and stability.

“We would however continue to impress it on the executive arm of government to expedite the implementation of the palliative measures announced by President Tinubu in his broadcast on Monday, and urge for the federal government to consider additional measures that would bring immediate respite to the people, while we wait to see the impact of the measures already announced in the coming months. The gap between the removal of fuel subsidy and the tangible outcomes of palliative measures must be shortened for the sake of poor and vulnerable Nigerians.”

He called on the leadership of the NLC and other labour unions in Nigeria to please divert their energies to join the House of Representatives in continuous engagement with the federal government, to achieve expedited implementation of the programmes and push for additional immediate measures to provide succour for Nigerians.

“It is our considered opinion that embarking on a protest at this time would in effect shut down our economy and further disrupt the lives of Nigerians, and therefore not in our best interest. The House of Representatives once again appeals to the NLC and allied labour unions to please call off the planned peaceful protest and embrace continuous dialogue as a means of achieving the best interest of hardworking Nigerian workers, without worsening the current hardship they are facing,” the Spokesman said.

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