Labour Prepares Nationwide Protest as Fuel Queues Emerge Due to Tanker Drivers' Strike

Labour Prepares Nationwide Protest as Fuel Queues Emerge Due to Tanker Drivers’ Strike

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Organized labor commenced mobilization for a nationwide protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, protesting the cost of living crisis in Nigeria.

Sources within the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership disclosed that the National Executive Council convened via Zoom on February 16 to review resolutions concerning the agreement between organized labor and the Federal Government. Following the meeting, labor unions agreed to demand immediate implementation of the agreement without delay.

Should the Federal Government fail to fulfill its promises after the 14-day ultimatum issued by labor, a two-day nationwide protest is set for February 27 and 28.

Confirming the resolution, NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah, affirmed the mobilization efforts, with state chapters vowing participation in the protests.

Meanwhile, fuel queues surfaced in Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Ogun states, and Abuja following the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) strike.

NARTO halted the transportation of petroleum products due to soaring diesel costs required for truck operations.

Efforts to resolve the tanker drivers’ strike continued, with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources engaging stakeholders in discussions.

In the face of escalating food crises, protests erupted in Ibadan and Uyo, with demonstrators decrying rising living costs and food prices.

In response, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide urged Igbo communities to refrain from protesting against the Tinubu administration, advocating for support toward completing its tenure.

As labor intensifies preparations for protests and fuel scarcity looms, stakeholders remain engaged in dialogue to address the multifaceted economic challenges confronting Nigeria.

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