Nigerians are hungry, Ajaero laments as NLC begins nationwide protest


The Nigeria Labour Congress and other related unions have begun the planned nationwide protests it declared over the high cost of living, inflation, insecurity and hardship in the country.

At 7:12 a.m., it was observed at the Labour House headquarters in Abuja that various union workers and other disgruntled Nigerians were entering the premises.

Operatives from the Department of State Services are also in attendance.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress had, on February 8, issued a 14-day nationwide strike notice to the Federal Government over the failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, following the removal of the fuel subsidy.

The Federal Government’s failure to fulfill its promises after the ultimatum by Labour will be met with a two-day nationwide protest, slated for today (Tuesday), February 27, and Wednesday, February 28.

Organised labour, had last Monday, begun mobilising its members for the nationwide protests over the high cost of living in the country.

NLC members were also seen protesting in Lagos.

Addressing journalists on the protest ground on Tuesday morning, Joe Ajaero, NLC President, said the protest was about hunger in the land.

He said, “We can’t keep quiet when we are hungry. This protest is about hunger. What will be the minimum wage that should remove hunger? The UN says each persom should have two dollars per day.

“If they had solved the problem of transportation, they would have solved 50 per cent of the problem.

“They are playing politics with cash transfer to the poorest of the poor. Task relief to workers have not been paid. No state governor has paid the wage award to workers.

“There is shortage of land and it has not been addressed. After today’s protest, we will review our situation and decide on other steps to take.”