Labour Leaders, Others Assemble At Unity Fountain, Abuja

NLC members gathered at the Unity Fountain in Abuja.

2nd August 2023 09:54 AM

The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero alongside other officials of the Labor Union have assembled at the Unity Fountain at Abuja for a “peaceful protest”.

Officials such as the National President of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Muhammed Ibrahim, representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, National Union of Road Transport Workers among others are currently gathered at the location to protest the increment in fuel prices and failure of the President Bola Tinubu administration to reverse some of the policies which the NLC tagged “unfriendly” and “anti-poor.”

The Unity Fountain, located in the heart of Abuja has remained the starting point for major protests in Abuja over the years.

The #BringBackOurGirls protest which was organised in remembrance of the schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok in Borno State was birthed at the venue.

Others such as the #EndSARS remembrance protests, and #RevolutionNow protests were also kickstarted at the same point.

As of the time of filing this report, the NLC and other protesters were still assembling and warming up for the task ahead.

Briefing reporters at the Fountain, the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, that there is “nothing stopping the protest, not even an overture from the government”.

He said that the Organised Labour won’t shelve the protest until there is a response from the government.

Ajaero noted that the response from the states will determine “whether the protest will be from today, or tomorrow or next or till thy kingdom come, it is not by using force”.

“We are here for the protest and to make a statement that since we started negotiation, that there is nothing we have in our hands.”