Hamzat pacifies NLC protesters in Lagos, says ‘we all want a better Nigeria’
The deputy governor of Lagos State, Femi Hamzat, has pacified the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and members of the public who commenced protest against the recent increase in fuel price.
Hundreds of members of the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other affiliate unions commenced protest in Lagos to demand that the government immediately address the harsh state of the economy.
The deputy governor, Hamzat, went to the venue of the protest in Ikeja to pacify the protesters while promising that the Lagos State government will work on their demands.
“The leadership of NLC, TUC, Mr. Femi Falana and everyone, a lot of things have been said but we have heard you,” Hamzat said.
“The letter has also been given to us and what we all want as Nigerians is a better country.”
Meanwhile, placards-carrying protesters converged on the Ikeja Underbridge at about 6:30 am on Wednesday to demand from the Lagos state government “let poor Nigerians breathe, end fuel price increase, stop Naira devaluation, fix local refineries” amongst other demands.
According to the NLC chairperson in Lagos, Funmi Sessi, the protesters would walk from the Ikeja Underbridge to the state House of Assembly in Alausa to submit their protest letter which Hamzat confirmed that he had received.
Despite government’s pleas, the NLC proceeded with its planned protest against recent fuel price hike, tuition fees hike in public schools and withheld salaries of lecturers and workers in universities.
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