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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

NLC president presents protesters’ demands to National Assembly

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Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Tuesday, presented their letter of demands to the National Assembly.

The letter, which was handed over to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour, Employment, and Productivity, Senator Diket Plang, includes the following demands; full implementation of the welfare provisions, employment generation, immediate subsidy to farmers, immediate subsidy to farmers to boost agricultural production, and fixing the four refineries among others.

In his remarks at the National Assembly, the NLC president said Nigerians embarked on the peaceful protests because there was hunger in the land, adding that “Nigeria is becoming like Zimbabwe.”

Ajaero noted that the minimum wage negotiation has started but the amount was yet to be decided.

According to him, the ongoing protest would serve as a signal to the FG to immediately tackle the challenges bedeviling the country.

However, after receiving the letter, Plang assured the protesters that the demands of the NLC would be looked at and discussed immediately.

AFRIPOST reports that the NLC and other related unions commenced national planned protests on Tuesday over the high cost of living, inflation, insecurity, and hardship in the country.

The unions involved are the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, FCT Council, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Nigeria Union of Teachers, and Construction Workers’ Union, among others.

The protesters were seen carrying placards 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.

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