In a bombshell announcement that sent shockwaves through the nation, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a fiery ultimatum to the Federal Government.
The NLC, the voice of the masses, has declared a two-day nationwide warning strike, set to rock the nation from September 5th to 6th. But here’s the kicker – this is just the beginning of a cataclysmic storm brewing on the horizon.
In a fiery address to newsmen after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, Mr. Joe Ajaero, the fearless President of the NLC, laid down the gauntlet. With unwavering resolve, he declared that unless the Federal Government takes immediate action to alleviate the agonizing suffering of the masses, Nigeria will witness an unprecedented shutdown.
Ajaero, while reading the electrifying communiqué co-signed by Mr. Emmanuel Ugboaja, the iron-willed General Secretary of the Congress, left no room for doubt. The NEC, after intense deliberation, has resolved to plunge the nation into darkness with an indefinite shutdown looming like a gathering storm, set to strike in 14 working days or 21 days from today. The message is clear: the people demand justice, and they won’t back down!
“This is our battle cry,” Ajaero thundered, “a two-day nationwide warning strike on September 5th and 6th to signal our unwavering commitment to a larger strike later in the month. The people have suffered long enough, and their patience has run dry.”
But the NLC’s battle plan doesn’t stop there. They’re not just demanding economic justice; they’re demanding a complete overhaul of a system that has long ignored the cries of the masses. Ajaero revealed their bold intentions, including the eviction of the State from the unlawfully occupied National Headquarters of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The NLC isn’t stopping at just strikes and protests. They’re taking the fight to those who have trampled on the rights of workers. The aviation sector, represented by companies like Air Peace Airline, is in the crosshairs for their relentless violation of workers’ rights. The message is clear: the people demand their right to association and collective bargaining.
In a rallying cry to communities nationwide, Ajaero urged them to reject vigilantism and seek resolution through the appropriate channels. He made a passionate plea on behalf of the Amalgamated Union of Food Stuffs and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), emphasizing the need for dialogue and not division.
In a searing rebuke, Ajaero called out the new FCT Minister, Mr. Nyesome Wike, warning him to cease threatening the poor masses with property demolitions. He reminded Wike that he is a minister for the people, not a demolition expert. Should he proceed with his callous threats, Ajaero warned that Nigerian workers and citizens would meet him on the streets.
This is not just a strike; this is a revolution. The NLC has taken stock of the nation’s anguish and suffering, and they’ve declared that enough is enough. They’ve seen the government’s failures to address these issues, and they’ve noted the deafening silence regarding social dialogue, a promise made during the President’s inaugural address. The NLC is making it abundantly clear: the people will wait no longer for the change they deserve. The storm is brewing, and it’s set to shake the very foundations of the nation.