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Hardship: NLC protest hits Abuja street 

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The ongoing protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and other related unions over the high level of living, inflation, insecurity, and hardship in the country, has hit Abuja street.

The protest which started at exactly 9:36 am, began from the Labour House Headquarters in Abuja.

Unions partaking in the protest include the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, the FCT Council, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, and the Nigeria Union of Teachers and Construction Workers’ Union, among others.

Also present at the national protest is a former Nigeria Country Director, ActionAid, Ene Obi; presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore among others.

The protesters were seen wielding placards with inscriptions such as “#End Poverty and Hunger. Support Local Industries#,” “Fix Local Refineries End Subsidy#;” “#End Naira Devaluation; Tax the Rich Subsidise the poor#” to make their grievances known on the current economic hardship across the country.

The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, who addressed journalists before the protest started, said, “The government said we should not do rally. They used peaceful means and threats but we are in God’s hands.

“We are here for a rally so that Mr President will know how Nigerians feel and know where it is pinching us.”

There have been a series of protests across the country over the cost of living among Nigerians.

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

The Federal Government’s failure to fulfil its promises after the 14-day ultimatum by Labour will be met with a two-day nationwide protest.

Organised labour, had last week Monday begun mobilising its members for a nationwide protest slated for February 27 and 28 over the cost of living crisis in the country.

However, barely 24 hours after the planned protests, the TUC said that it was not part of the planned protests declared by the NLC, noting that the decision to protest on February 27 and 28 as announced by the NLC was not taken collectively by both unions.

A last-minute meeting called by the Federal Government on Monday night to avert the proposed nationwide protest ended in a deadlock.

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