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NLC To Hold Two-Day Nationwide Protest Over Hardship And Insecurity

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has announced it will hold a two-day nationwide protest.

Gatekeepers News reports that this is because of the hardship and the deteriorating security situation in the country.

NLC President, Joe Ajaero, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja on Friday after an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union.

Ajaero said the protest will begin a week after the expiration of the 14 day ultimatum it issued to the Federal Government which will expire on February 23.

The nationwide protest is scheduled to hold on February 27 and 28.

On February 8, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) gave a two-week ultimatum to the government to meet demands ranging from wage increments to improved access to public utilities, and accused it of failing to uphold pledges to soften the impact of reforms.

The organised labour lamented that millions of Nigerian workers are facing hunger, erosion of purchasing power and insecurity due to reforms that drove up inflation.

All this was a build-up of the announcement of the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu on May 29, 2023.

Nigeria is currently grappling with a cost of living crisis, fueled by the highest inflation rate in nearly three decades.

The widespread insecurity has also hit agricultural output, fuelling food price inflation.

The unions in a statement, gave the government 14 days to deal with “issues crucial to the well-being of Nigerian masses and workers.”

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