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NLC to Proceed with Nationwide Protest Despite Failed Government Meeting

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President, Joe Ajaero, remains steadfast in the decision to proceed with the nationwide protest against the current state of the economy, despite the federal government’s last-ditch attempt to avert the strike. The closed-door meeting held at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation ended in a deadlock.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered the deployment of police personnel across the country to prevent any potential disruption during the planned protests. The Labour-Civil Society Front, a coalition supporting the protest, is dedicated to collaborating with the labor movement on pro-people and pro-poor issues.

In contrast, the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, distanced itself from a call by some of its leaders, urging Yoruba not to join the NLC protest. Despite warnings from the Department of State Services (DSS) about potential threats to national security, the labor unions, led by NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), are firm in their decision to proceed with the strike.

NLC President Joe Ajaero confirmed the labor’s stance, stating, “The rally goes on. It is part of their constitutional responsibility to ensure that the rally is peaceful, and we will do our part to maintain peace.” The organized labor plans to take the protest to the National Assembly, presenting their demands to lawmakers.

The protest kick-off, scheduled for 7 am today, is expected to start from the Labour House, NLC headquarters. The Nigeria Police, in response, has deployed personnel nationwide, placed on red alert to monitor the planned protest, ensuring safety and security for all participants.

In a statement, the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, emphasized the police’s commitment to protecting protesters’ rights and urged participants to conduct themselves peacefully and responsibly.

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