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NLC lauds unions for complying with strike order in Niger

By Bala Yahaya, Minna
09 March 2022   |   2:51 am
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Niger State Chapter, has lauded all affiliate unions and their members across the 25 local councils of the state for yielding to the directive that they should proceed on warning strike.

Activities in govt institutions crippled

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Niger State Chapter, has lauded all affiliate unions and their members across the 25 local councils of the state for yielding to the directive that they should proceed on warning strike.

As the seven-day warning strike by civil servants in the state entered day two, yesterday, NLC Chairman, Yakubu Garba, reiterated the determination of the union to continue the struggle till the government prioritised workers’ welfare.

Workers in the state had accused government officials of keeping mum over their demands, which led to the strike.
Since the strike began midnight on Monday, March 7, 2022, all activities in government establishments were crippled.

A visit by The Guardian to the state secretariat revealed that the two entrance gates were padlocked. The union leaders denied government officials access to their offices, as they stationed their men in various government offices.

Key places like schools and hospitals also had their share of the strike, as they all remained shut, although hospitals rendered skeletal services to the people.

NLC had issued the Niger government 14 days’ notice of warning strike, which expired midnight Monday. Respondents told The Guardian in Minna that the state machinery had been comatose, even before the warning strike.

They urged Governor Abubakar Bello to address multiple challenges confronting his administration such as the on-going strike and insecurity in different parts of the state.

At the time of filing this report, officials of NLC and government representatives were in closed-door meeting.