Nigeria Faces Impending Strike: National Assembly Takes Action to Avert Crisis

The President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, recently expressed his concerns about the inadequacy of the salaries of members of the National Assembly.

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He stated that the earnings of lawmakers were insufficient to meet the demands from their constituents, who they represent in the National Assembly.

Akpabio’s Remarks on Lawmakers’ Inadequate Earnings

Speaking during a debate on a motion sponsored by Abdulraman Kawu Suleiman, a member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) representing Kano South, Akpabio acknowledged that the volume of requests from various constituents far exceeded the financial resources available to the lawmakers.

Addressing the Impending Strike by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

The debate focused on the need to avert an impending strike planned by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

While discussing the hardships resulting from the removal of petroleum product subsidies, Akpabio urged patience with the government as it took steps to alleviate the people’s suffering.

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Kawu’s Defense of the Motion

Abdulraman Kawu Suleiman, the sponsor of the motion, emphasized the potential consequences of the planned strike.

He warned that the strike would severely cripple the country, disrupting movement, commerce, and essential services like education and healthcare.

The NLC strike, if not averted, could lead to deeper economic challenges, frustration, and hardship for the nation.

Negative Implications of the Strike

Kawu highlighted that the NLC strike would not only impact the economy negatively but also tarnish Nigeria’s reputation internationally.

The disruption caused by the strike could discourage foreign investment and deter foreigners from conducting business or pursuing education in the country.

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Senate’s Action to Avert the Strike

Following the debate, the Senate decided to take action to prevent the planned strike.

They mandated their leadership to mediate between the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Federal Government in order to find a resolution and avert the impending strike.

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