The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, is determined to begin a nationwide strike tomorrow, 2nd of August, 2023. This comes despite pleas by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his promise to increase the minimum wage.
NLC vowed to go ahead with the planned strike because of the following reasons.
To remind Tinubu’s government of its purpose
The NLC want to remind the Bola Tinubu administration that the primary purpose of government is to harness the resources of the nation for the interest and welfare of the people. This is in line with section 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
To call government attention to the nation’s woes
They also noted that the impending strike will let the government know that their insensitivity and unrestrained resort to neo-liberalism has grounded the nation, increased job losses, poverty and misery.
To show Tinubu’s dictatorial style of leadership
According to them, the industrial action will show how Tinubu’s administration is morphing into a dictatorship by acting unilaterally. The strike will also show that the government refused to effect the resolutions it voluntarily signed.
Protest the government’s determination to please foreign interests
Another reason why the strike will go as planned is because of their desire to expose the government’s anxiety to please the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank at the expense of ordinary Nigerians.
The misery caused by the hike in fuel price
NLC has been placed under pressure following the recent hike in fuel prices. This is why they have chosen to protest in defence of members, poor and vulnerable Nigerians. They also want to challenge the government’s policy flip-flops and protest the continued protection of a few privileged and criminal elements at the expense of the generality of Nigerians.
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