Anambra: Streets, govt offices deserted  over NLC’s two days warning strike


By Ifeizu Joe

The streets of Awka, the capital city of Anambra State and other major cities in the state were yesterday deserted over the two days warning strike declared by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Also, many government offices were devoid of workers, as places like the state and federal secretariat looked scanty.

The NLC leaders, led by the State Chairman, Comrade Humphrey Emeka Nwafor, led a team of members to on enforcement, while visiting some Ministries and Agencies.

Addressing Journalists shortly after the exercise at Teacher’s House Awka, on Tuesday, the NLC State Chairman said they are joining their counterparts across the country to compel the Federal Government to address the plight of workers and the citizenry at large.

“As workers, we are badly affected by the economic crisis visited on Nigerians as a result of the hike in the pump price of petrol, all in the name of subsidy removal.

“We had earlier written to the federal government to adjust our wages automatically inline with the existing economic realities but that has fallen on deaf hears.

“It is over three months now that fuel subsidy had been removed and fuel has equally been increased twice by over 300% , with a price shift from ₦187 to over ₦620 but salaries have remained the same.

“Workers and Nigerians at large, within this period have gone through excruciatingly tough times. It has been stories of mass suffering and life has been made almost meaningless to the common citizens.

“Everything has been nauseating and hunger is now a way of life among Nigerians.

“You Journalists can see for yourself that the exercise recorded 80 percent success in the State.

“There was no recorded fracas between us and the workers during the enforcement exercise. The exercise was peaceful and it will continue tomorrow by the grace of God.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu led-Federal Government knows our demands, so he should without further delay, do the needful.”

TheTrade Union Congress (TUC) in the state, was not part of the solidarity movement, just as most banks opened for business.

By Ifeizu Joe

Ifeizu is a seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of TheRazor. He has wide knowledge of Anambra State and has reported the state objectively for over a decade.

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