Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have taken to the streets of Lagos to voice their dissent against the recent removal of petrol subsidy.
The protesters have gathered at the Ikeja under-bridge and are planning to march throughout the state, with the Governor’s office in Alausa, Ikeja, being one of their key destinations.
Security Measures in Place
In response to the protests, security operatives have been deployed to maintain order and prevent any potential disturbances.
Their presence aims to ensure that the demonstrations remain peaceful and to deter any attempts by miscreants to hijack the movement.
NLC Expresses Displeasure with the Government
The NLC’s planned protest stems from its dissatisfaction with the policies implemented by the President Bola Tinubu-led government.
The removal of fuel subsidy, in particular, has been a major point of contention for the labour union, prompting them to take action.
Ultimatum Issued to Reverse Fuel Subsidy Removal
Prior to the protests, the NLC had given the federal government a seven-day ultimatum to reconsider its decision to remove fuel subsidy and any other policies deemed detrimental to the interests of the people.
Call for Nationwide Strike and Support from Civil Society Organisations
In conjunction with the protest in Lagos, the NLC has also called on Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and its councils across all states to join in a nationwide strike on August 2.
The strike aims to draw attention to the soaring cost of living across the country and to advocate for fairer policies.
Nationwide Protest Schedule
The nationwide protest, scheduled to start at 7:30 am, is set to take place simultaneously in all of Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
While awaiting the outcome of the protests, it remains crucial for all stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue to address the concerns raised by the labour union effectively.