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NLC Suspends Street Protests, Extends Ultimatum to FG

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CEM REPORT GOVERNANCE | The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced the suspension of its nationwide street protests, originally planned for two days. This decision comes after the first day of demonstrations, which NLC President Joe Ajaero declared a success in achieving their key objectives.

“The NEC-in-session resolved to suspend street action for the second day of the protest,” Ajaero stated, emphasizing the effectiveness of the initial protests. He attributed this success to the “overwhelming support” received and the “massive turnout” witnessed across the country.

However, the NLC remains committed to its cause. While street protests have been suspended, nationwide action continues on Wednesday, February 28th. State Councils of the Congress, along with the National Headquarters, will hold simultaneous press conferences to further amplify their message.

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More importantly, the NLC has extended its initial 7-day ultimatum to the federal government by an additional week. This new deadline now falls on March 13th, 2024. Within this timeframe, the NLC expects the government to address their demands, which include:

  • Reversal of the recent hike in petrol prices.
  • Addressing the depreciation of the Naira.
  • Taking concrete steps to alleviate the economic hardship faced by Nigerians.

Ajaero emphasized the NLC’s commitment to protecting the interests of workers and the general public. He reiterated the organization’s resolve to take further action if the government fails to comply with their demands by the extended deadline. This future action could involve renewed protests, strikes, or other forms of public engagement.

Background to Protests and Demands:

The NLC’s decision to call for nationwide protests stemmed from their deep concern about the rising cost of living and the economic hardship faced by many Nigerians. The recent hike in petrol prices and the depreciation of the Naira were seen as contributing factors to this hardship.

The NLC believes that the government’s policies have disproportionately impacted the working class and the most vulnerable segments of society. They are urging the government to adopt policies that alleviate these burdens and prioritize the well-being of Nigerian citizens.

While the decision to suspend street protests indicates a willingness for dialogue, the NLC remains firm in its demands. The coming days will be crucial in determining whether the government will engage in meaningful dialogue and take steps to address the NLC’s concerns. This situation continues to unfold, and we will keep you updated on any further developments

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