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National Assembly Commits to Addressing Labour Demands in 7 Days

The National Assembly (NASS) has assured the organised Labour that it will thoroughly review and address their demands within the next week.

This pledge came during a mass protest organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Wednesday.

Senate President Godswill Akpabio, represented by Chief Whip Ali Ndume, expressed NASS’s solidarity with the protesting workers, acknowledging the breakdown in discussions between the Presidency and the NLC.

He stated, “We will find a permanent solution to this. Please give us one week, and we will make progress. If you are not satisfied with the progress, then you can take further action.”

A committee has been set up to review the demands of organised labour, and the first meeting with the labour representatives is expected to take place either by the close of the day or tomorrow. Ndume emphasized that NASS would make every effort to arrive at practical and acceptable solutions.

Earlier during the protest, NLC President Mr Joe Ajaero highlighted the frustration and grievances of workers due to anti-poor policies that have caused hardships for Nigerians.

The demands of the labour groups include the immediate implementation of resolutions jointly signed with the government, the reversal of anti-poor policies, such as the recent increase in PMS price, school fees, and VAT.

They also called for the repair of the country’s local refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna and the release of eight months’ withheld salaries of university lecturers and workers.

TUC President Mr Festus Osifo demanded a reduction in the cost of governance and expressed dissatisfaction with the government’s insensitivity to the plight of the masses. He called on the National Assembly to exhibit sacrifice, cut down on its budget, support locally-made vehicles, and prioritize the interests of the Nigerian people.

The nationwide mass protest aimed to convey workers’ frustration with the prevailing economic conditions and the need for immediate action to alleviate their hardships. The National Assembly’s commitment to address the labour demands offers a glimmer of hope for resolving the ongoing impasse between the government and the workers.

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