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NLC Suspends Nationwide Protests, Gives FG Extended Ultimatum

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 announced the suspension of its nationwide protests against hunger and high cost of living which it said were held successfully across the country.

The NLC however said that nationwide action continues on Wednesday with simultaneous Press Conferences across all the states of the federation by the State Councils of the Congress including the National Headquarters.

The Labour Union said it decided to suspend the two-day hunger protests since it achieved the objectives on the first day of the demonstration.

These were contained in a communique at the end of its emergency National Executive Council NEC) meeting held on Tuesday evening to review the protests which the NEC in session noted that the protests achieved an overwhelming success, saying that the Day-1 of the protest attained the key objectives of the 2-day protest.

The NLC protests which held in most major cities of the country was called by the Workers Union against the escalating rise food prices, spiral inflation, forex crisis, economic hardship and high cost of living occasioned by the removal of petrol subsidy.

Sensing danger, the Presidency on Monday night met with the leadership of the NLC and other labour leaders with a view to avert the protests but the meeting ended in a stalemate thus, the NLC insisted that the protests would go on.

The protests led by the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero grounded a lot of economic activities across the country as the Labour leader told the protesters that it was about hunger, cost of living, spiral inflation and floating of the Naira and not just a clamour for a review of the minimum wage.

The NLC NEC communiqué stated; “To reaffirm and extend the 7-days ultimatum by another 7 days which now expires on the 13th day of March, 2024 within which the Government is expected to implement all the earlier agreement of the 2nd day of October, 2023 and other demands presented in our letter during today’s nationwide protest.

“To meet and decide on further lines of action if on the expiration of the 14days Government refuses to comply with the demands as contained in the ultimatum,” it said.

Source: forefront Online



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