In a resolute move to address pressing socio-economic issues and advocate for the welfare of Nigerian citizens, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has initiated a nationwide strike. The strike in Kano State is led by the NLC Chairman, Comrade Kabiru Inuwa, commenced at 7:00 am from the Murtala Muhammad Library to the government house.
The NLC’s demands center around critical areas that directly impact the lives of ordinary Nigerians. The protesters are voicing their concerns over the removal of subsidies, emphasizing the urgent need for the revival and improvement of local refineries, a halt to the devaluation of the Naira, and the implementation of a living wage.
Subsidy removal has been a contentious issue in Nigeria, with debates revolving around its effects on the cost of living for the average citizen. By protesting against the removal, the NLC aims to protect the purchasing power of the masses and ensure affordable access to essential goods and services.
Furthermore, the call for the fix and upgrade of local refineries holds the promise of greater energy independence and reduced reliance on costly fuel imports. This move could positively impact fuel prices and create employment opportunities within the oil and gas sector.
Another critical demand made by the NLC is to put an end to the Naira devaluation. Currency devaluation can lead to inflation, making everyday goods and services more expensive and eroding the savings of ordinary citizens. Stabilizing the Naira’s value is seen as crucial to safeguarding the economic interests of the Nigerian population.
One of the central pillars of the NLC’s strike is the push for a living wage for Nigerian workers. Many employees struggle to make ends meet due to insufficient compensation. Implementing a living wage would improve workers’ standard of living, alleviate poverty, and foster a more robust and productive workforce.
As the strike unfolds nationwide, the NLC seeks to amplify the voices of the poor and vulnerable in Nigerian society, urging the government to take decisive actions that address their concerns and improve their living conditions. The call for sustainable economic reforms and inclusive policies resonates deeply with those demanding social justice and equality.