Hardship: CSOs Pull Out Of NLC, TUC Planned Protest 

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THE Coalition of Civil Society Organisations Forum has announced it will not be part of the planned protests by the organised labour scheduled to be held between 27 and 28 February 2024.

While warning against going Sudan’s way, the forum states that:  “Any attempt to embark on a nationwide strike during these critical periods of hunger and harsh economy could be hijacked by hoodlums and criminal elements, who have been waiting for the slightest opportunity to unleash terror; disrupt public peace, loot business premises and markets”

The NLC on 16 February announced the nationwide protest following the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the federal government regarding the widespread hardship.

Meanwhile, the Coalition of the CSOs which disclosed in a statement jointly signed by Comrade Buba Ibrahim Mohammed and Comrade George Phillips, the Coordinator and Secretary respectively insisted that the protests may stir up civil unrest and further worsen the already bad security situation as well as damage the fragile economy.

According to the Coalition, the views gathered from some of their members and citizens across the country are that the labour unions are trying to undermine the current Tinubu-led administration and create a process for the breakdown of law and order to score cheap political points.

“As Civil Society Organisations, we do understand the depth of economic challenges facing the ordinary citizens, especially the workers, but we cannot fold our arms and support a move that will further damage and threaten our peaceful coexistence.”

While stating that it’s not unaware that the labour unions had the constitutional right to make demands and embark on strike to drive home their demands, it maintained that NLC and TUC should know that Nigeria is already sitting on a keg of gunpowder that must not be allowed to explode.

“Part of the reasons we have refused to join forces with labour unions is to create anarchy and cause more hardship for the people. Instead, we are making frantic efforts to meet with the federal government to discuss how to amicably resolve the issues at stake.

“We recognise the importance of addressing labour-related concerns and advocating for workers’ rights, we kindly urge the labour unions to explore alternative means of dialogue and negotiation with the relevant authorities.” It further stated.

The group which accused NLC President, Joe Ajaero of pursuing a political agenda, appealed to NLC and TUC members to give the federal government time to implement the minimum wage issue and other demands.

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

 

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