Indefinite strike: CSOs, rights activists set to enforce sit-at-home

September 28, 2023

Indefinite strike: CSOs, rights activists set to enforce sit-at-home

TUC shuns NLC warning strike in Kebbi

…Describe removal of petrol subsidy as self-serving policy of economic slavery

By Johnbosco Agbakwuruhttps://f1176e25728cbd01dbab58a0c1f4d74e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-40/html/container.html?n=0

The United Action Front of Civil Society, the organised platform of civil society groups and activists on matters of governance and democracy in Nigeria, on Thursday said it fully endorsed the indefinite nationwide strike action jointly declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC.https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=114290#amp=1

The organised labour has declared indefinite strike scheduled to begin on Tuesday October 3, 2023.

The declaration for indefinite strike became imperative following the expiration of a two-day warning strike earlier embarked upon by the NLC on September 5 and 6 over the failure of the  President Bola Tinubu’s administration to demonstrate commitment to implementing a series of agreements and pledges which the government reneged upon as well as the 21 day ultimatum.

The group in a statement issued by Olawale Okunniyi, (Veteran Che), Head, National Coordinating Centre, United Action Front of Civil Society, claimed that the the present government lacks the requisite wherewithal to fix the rots allegedly perpetrated by the immediate past government of the same party.

The statement read: “It is unfortunate that while the arbitrary fuel price hike in the name of subsidy removal on premium motor spirit (PMS) has pushed most Nigerians below poverty line, government continues to play the Ostrich in spite of the promises made to labour leaders on the need for upward review of workers wages, inclusive palliatives to citizens, among others.

“The leadership of the organised civil society therefore urges all Nigerians to rally behind NLC and TUC in protest against the insensitivity and dubious politics of the Nigerian government, which has, so far, demonstrated total lack of comprehension and sensitivity to the economic challenges facing the country.

“We wish to reiterate that the inhuman policy of arbitrary hike in fuel price has further impoverished and pauperised millions of households, who were hitherto merely coping with meagre wages and incomes for their livelihoods.

“It is evident that the present government lacks the requisite wherewithal to fix the rots perpetrated by the immediate past government of the same party and may eventually end up worsening the situation. It is regrettable that rather than prioritise reduction in the costs of governance, the Tinubu administration is deliberately indulging in over-bloated appointments as typified by the appointment of the highest number of ministers and the largest cabinet yet in Nigeria history.null

“It is also regrettable that the National Assembly which only recently arbitrarily allocated public funds to its members who embarked on recess has also increased the number of its standing committees, which would also translate into additional costs of governance in an economy where overwhelming majority of the masses could barely cope with the costs of living in Nigeria or afford one square meal.