NLC suspends protest, extends ultimatum to FG by 7 days

NLC nationwide protest being led by its president, Joe Ajero

The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has suspended its two days protest, after the first day, just as it extended the ultimatum it gave the Federal Government to by seven days.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero and Ismail Bello, Ag. General Secretary in a statement on Tuesday, said:

“The National Executive Council, NEC of Congress in session on February 16, 2024, ordered a 2-day nationwide protest to join Nigerians in demonstrating outrage over the massive suffering and hunger facing the masses and workers as a result of the policies of the government to hike the price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and float the Naira.

“The NEC-in-session, therefore, reviewed the execution of the first day of the nationwide protest to assess its effectiveness and take decision on further necessary action to guide Congress in its effort at engaging government to protect the people and Nigerian workers from the increasing scourge of hardship.

NLC nationwide protest

“To this end, NEC commended Nigerians, all NLC affiliates, state councils, workers and civil society allies across the nation for trooping out in large numbers to peacefully demonstrate their outrage on the hardship imposed by the government and its twin altars – the IMF and the World Bank.

“NEC also deeply appreciates Nigerian workers and masses for sending a strong message to the powers that be on their united resolve to demand accountability from those who occupy positions of leadership in our nation.

NLC nationwide protest

“It believed that the message has strongly resonated.

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“Consequently, NEC-in-session resolved as follows:

“To suspend street action for the second day of the protest having achieved overwhelming success thus attained the key objectives of the 2-day protest on the first day.

“However, Nationwide action continues tomorrow with simultaneous press conferences across all the states of the federation by the state Councils of the Congress including the National Headquarters.

“To reaffirm and extend the 7-days ultimatum by another seven days which now expires on March 13, 2024, within which the government is expected to implement all the earlier agreement of October 2, 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.

“Once again, NEC recommits the NLC to continuing defending and promoting the interests and desires of Nigerian workers and the downtrodden masses,” the statement added.

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