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NLC Roars: FG committee stalls, workers’ hopes dashed amidst fuel subsidy uproar



A thunderous outcry shakes the foundations of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), as a government negotiation committee crumbles under the weight of unmet demands.

The stage is set for a dramatic showdown, with the removal of the fuel subsidy casting a chilling shadow over the nation’s workforce.

Led by none other than Mr. Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, the federal government committee was entrusted with the daunting task of alleviating the turmoil triggered by the fuel subsidy’s removal. Yet, as the dust settles, accusations of incapability and indifference swirl like a tempestuous storm.

In a shocking revelation that reverberated through the chambers of power, organized labor exposed Mr. Gbajabiamila’s refusal to engage in critical negotiation meetings. The result? The NLC’s impassioned pleas lay dormant, their hopes suspended in a state of limbo, their voices silenced by bureaucratic inertia.

Enter the hallowed halls of the National Assembly, where the drama unfolds. National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, takes center stage alongside the Trade Union Congress’ (TUC) Festus Osifo. The stakes are high as these labor leaders confront the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, and the Senate’s principal officers, laying bare the grievances of a nation left in turmoil.

Only a mere six days earlier, NLC members had launched a daring occupation of the National Assembly complex, a visceral protest against the agonizing aftermath of the fuel subsidy’s removal. Their demands echoed through the corridors, a fervent plea for a brighter future, unburdened by the shackles of suffering.

Amidst this turmoil, Ali Ndume, the Senate’s chief whip, emerges as a beacon of hope, championing the cause of the oppressed. His impassioned plea for a seven-day ultimatum sets the stage for a political showdown, a desperate call to action in a time of crisis.

In a gripping exchange, Joe Ajaero unveils a tale of frustration and despair, painting a vivid picture of a negotiation committee paralyzed by inaction. “The committee’s capabilities are hollow,” he declares, a note of disappointment tinged with determination. “We’ve exhausted avenues of negotiation, engaging with the government since the days of Ikaite, SGF, Kingibe, Pius Ayim, and Boss Mustapha.”

The labor leader’s words cut deep, exposing a gaping wound in the heart of governance. A poignant truth resounds: despite promises made, the chief of staff to the president remains an elusive figure, neglecting to heed the call for dialogue. The aftermath of protest has yielded little change, a bitter pill for the masses to swallow.

As the saga unfolds, Joe Ajaero raises another lament—a committee assembled to deliberate on the increase of the minimum wage remains mired in inactivity. “An agreement was reached,” he laments, his voice heavy with sorrow. “Yet the committee on wage awards remains idle, casting a shadow on our aspirations.”

In this gripping narrative of broken promises and bureaucratic missteps, the NLC stands as a force of resilience, their voices echoing through the corridors of power. The battle for justice continues, a symphony of hope amidst the discord, as the nation holds its breath for a resolution to the looming crisis.

Bolaji Farinloye

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