Nationwide Protest: Kogi NLC urges Tinubu to reverse policies


…says Nigerians are hungry

By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kogi State chapter members on Tuesday joined their counterparts nationwide in a peaceful rally with a call on the Federal Government to reverse its policies that had brought untold hardships to Nigerians

Comr. Gabriel Amari, Chairman of the NLC in Kogi, briefing newsmen shortly after the rally in Lokoja, said that the nationwide protest was neither a coup nor a threat against government.

He said that it was a carefully planned by the national secretariat of the NLC to protest against the prevailing Economic Hardship, Hunger, Poverty and Insecurity ravaging the nation occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy and some policies of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

He said that the two-day national protest was declared after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government to implement the union’s demands.

According to him, the Federal Government failed to implement the 15-point agreement reached with the NLC in October, 2023 even after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum given by the union.

“The protest is to tell the whole world that Nigerians are dying because of the draconian policies of the Federal Government adopted from the IMF and World Bank which have led to the devaluation of our Naira.

“This has pushed Nigeria into entire crises; there is no food, hunger is everywhere, workers cannot sponsor their children to school. People are dying because they can no longer meet their health needs.

“People are losing their jobs on daily basis, we cannot fold our hands in the same country we called ours and allow selected few persons to come up with draconian policies that are detrimental to our existence as a people.

“We want President Tinubu to reverse his policies because they do not favour us”, he said.

Amari had earlier at a meeting with the Kogi Commissioner of Police, Bethrand Onuoha, assured that members of the Organized Labour in Kogi were law abiding and would cooperate with the Police and other Security Agencies, to be peaceful during the protest.

The NLC Chairman commended the workers for turning out en masse saying, “Today, I am happy by the large turnout of workers in Kogi for the protest because I never knew they still have the strength to come out in spite of the hunger and hardships.”

Chairman, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Kogi Council, Monday Aduku, “As a labour centre, we will keep pressing until the government listens to our cry. I am happy that the generality of Nigerians are in support of NLC on the protests.

“I advise government to look critically into petroleum pricing, and do whatever they can do in the interim to alleviate the suffering of the people,” Aduku said.

On his part, Comr. Haruna Isa, State Chairman, Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers’ Union (RATTAWU) Kogi chapter said the present economic hardship was unbearable for the masses.

Also speaking, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Sule Ahmed Tijani, said that the protest was a channel of communication urging Government to act fast to reverse the situation.

The Tuesday morning procession of the Organised Labour in Kogi commenced from the Labour House opposite Michael Olobayo 200-Unit Housing Estate to Ganaja Junction through Dunamis Church where the protesters made a stop over.