The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) concluded its two-day warning strike,on Wednesday,emphasizing its readiness for a potential indefinite nationwide strike later this month if the government fails to address its demands stemming from unmet agreements concerning fuel subsidy removal.
Comrade Joe Ajaero, the NLC national president, made this announcement in a press statement in Abuja.
He underscored that the warning strike marked the beginning, not the end, of their struggle.
Ajaero hailed the success of the warning strike, attributing it to the commitment and resilience of Nigerian workers and citizens in defending their welfare and rights while holding the government accountable to established statutes.
He extended gratitude to NLC affiliate unions and state councils for their substantial participation, noting that the message sent through the warning strike had resonated significantly with the government.
“As we mark the end of the two-day nationwide warning strike today, at the stroke of midnight, we earnestly call upon you all to gracefully conclude the strike and return to work tomorrow in accordance with our initial agreement,” Ajaero urged.
He added, “We would like to take this moment to express our profound appreciation for your unwavering determination and dedication, which played a pivotal role in the resounding success of this action. Your contributions during this warning strike exemplify your unwavering commitment to our shared cause.”
The NLC, however, cautioned its members to prepare for an indefinite nationwide industrial action if the government fails to meet the workers’ demands.
Ajaero stated, “In the event that the government fails to provide the appropriate responses to our demands, we encourage you to maintain your steadfast resolve.
The same passion and determination that fueled this warning strike will be crucial if we find ourselves compelled to embark on an indefinite nationwide strike.
Congress is not unmindful of the actions of detractors and fifth columnists, but in the face of them all, we remain undaunted and more committed to the defense of Nigerian workers and people at any given time. Our nation deserves better.”
Meanwhile, the NLC in Sokoto State commended the full compliance of workers in the state with the two-day warning strike.
The state NLC chairman, Abdullahi Aliyu, expressed appreciation for the dedication and commitment of workers in striving for better living conditions.
In Enugu, the state Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) attributed the ongoing power outage in parts of its franchise area to the NLC’s two-day warning strike.
The strike led to the shutdown of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) stations that feed EEDC’s Injection Substations, affecting power supply to various districts.
EEDC’s head of corporate communications, Emeka Ezeh, assured customers that the company would monitor the situation and provide timely updates while seeking understanding for the inconvenience caused.
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