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Workers observe partial compliance in Benue, Imo, Plateau, Sokoto

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Following the nationwide industrial action declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), workers in some public and private institutions in Owerri, Imo State, observed partial compliance with the directive.

At the state secretariat along Port Harcourt Road, Owerri, NLC officials stormed the entrance gates, locking them with padlocks and directing workers to go back home.

One of the workers, Sunday Orisakwe, told The Guardian that he was among those who arrived early for work when he saw some officials of NLC labour chasing them back.

Imo State Chairmen of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nkim Tagban and his NLC counterpart, Austin Chilakpu, vowed to ensure compliance in the state, expressing disappointment that the Federal Government was not committed to labour’s legitimate demands.

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At the federal secretariat in Makurdi, which houses offices of ministries and agencies, workers were not sighted at their offices except a few security agents.

However, commercial banks, business shops and markets were opened for business, while motor parks operated as travelers were sighted boarding vehicles to various destinations.

In Sokoto State, activities were reported on at federal and state government owned hospitals, as well as higher institutions.

Although courts did not sit, primary and secondary schools were open, while some offices remained open at the federal secretariat.

State Chairman of NLC, Aminu Umar, said the trike recorded substantial compliance and would be total in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Chairman of NLC in Plateau State, Comrade Jibrin Bancir said although he was not in Jos, he got reports that there was a measurable level of compliance.

However, Secretary of TUC, Comrade Ade Akibon, said the Federal Government has not been serious over labour’s demands and negotiations with its leaders.


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