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February 26, 2024

Hardship: We’re not part of NLC protests — TUC

Hardship: We’re not part of NLC protests — TUC

NLC protest

…tells govt to stop following dictates of IMF, World Bank

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

The Trade Union Congress, TUC, has insisted that it was not part of the proposed nationwide protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and would not participate in any process that, ab initio, it was not a party to.

Meanwhile, the Congress also told President Bola Tinubu to, as a matter of urgency, order the importation of food items within two weeks from any part of the world to cushion the effect of hardship in the country.

TUC has also accused the International Monetary Fund, the IMF, and the World Bank of being behind the high cost of living in the country through their advice for the removal of subsidy on petroleum products and electricity tariffs and told the government to stop following the dictates of the two world bodies.

These, among others, were the crux of the press briefing by the President of TUC, Comrade Festus Osofo, in Abuja on Monday.

Although the TUC, in its recommendations and solutions, which it said it would present to the federal government through the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, did not mention anything about the proposed protest by its sister union, the NLC, Comrade Osifo, while fielding questions from journalists on whether it would participate in the protest, categorically said it was not part of it.

He said, “So, it is when you jointly agree, right? That you want to do something. When you agree jointly that is the way to go and along the line you now decided that you are not doing again.

“Comrades, can any of you show us where there is any agreement for us coming together? Whenever we are doing things together you always see us together addressing you. On that particular day, did you see any member of TUC there?”

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