By Chuwang Emmanuel in Lafia
Some residents of Akwanga in Akwanga local government area of Nasarawa State, yesterday kicked against the the ongoing strike action by the organize labour in the state, demanding that the strike should be call off in the interest of peace and socio-economic development of the state.
Their displeasure was registered even as the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, said the strike action will continue until government meets their demands.
Hajiya Aisha Idris, who spoke on behalf of the protesters said the strike had not only crippled business activities but had also affected the health and education needs of the people of the state negatively, hence the need for the protest.
The protesters who were in thousands carried different inscriptions such as, Labour please suspend the ongoing workers strike, TA’Al is working, Nasarawa is changing, workers come back to work among others.
She said. “We the residents of Akwanga decided to embark on this peaceful protest because the strike embarked upon by the organized labour unions has not only paralyzed economic activities but had also affected the lives of many patients in public hospitals negatively.”
“Government hospitals, tertiary institutions, secondary and primary schools, local government staff, all the ministries, agencies and even the state owned media went on strike, this is sympathetic and uncalled for, workers should return to work.”
Adding that “As journalists, you people can go round to government hospitals, public schools, ministries in the state and see by your self how the strike had crippled all activities leaving patients, students in pains.”
Addressing the protesters in his palace the Chun-Mada of Mada, His royal highness Samson Gamu-Yare, urged them to be peaceful while carrying out the protest.
The first class traditional ruler appealed to the organized labour and government to dialogue in order to end the lingering workers strike, stressing that dialogue is the best option to address the ongoing strike action given
the effect of the strike on the people of the state.
Reacting on the protest, the chairman of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Akwanga chapter, Mr.Yakubu Bako advised those protesting to direct it to government by pressurizing governor Tanko Al-Makura to meet up with the demands of the labour rather than protesting against labour.
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