February 27, 2024

Ondo NLC joins nationwide protest against hardship

Ondo NLC joins nationwide protest against hardship

— Police beef up security

— Don’t allow your protest to be hijacked,  Ondo Police 

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

Leaders of the Ondo State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), have led their members in the state to protest against economic hardship in the country.

The protesters marched through Alagbaka GRA, to the Governor’s office to deliver the labour message to the state governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Chairman of the NLC in the state, Comrade Victor Amoko, who led other affiliate unions in the protest, said “the peaceful protest was to register the people’s grievances against poor policies of government and untold hardship facing the country.

Amoko said that “some of the demands include the need to end hunger and poverty, end Naira devaluation and support local oil production by revamping refineries, end insecurity and create jobs as well as to reject IMF/World Bank policies.

While saying that the union was not having problem with the Ondo State government, the chairman expressed  optimism that the messages of all the protest across the nation will be delivered to President Bola Tinubu for timely actions.

Responding, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, assured that the state government was not unaware of the difficult situation the people have found themselves in.

Aiyedatiwa said that the union protest message would be delivered to appropriate authorities.

According to him the state government has taken proactive steps not just now but in the past to assuage the level of poverty for workers as all outstanding salaries have been cleared with payment of N35,000 wage award.

The governor noted that government has also distributed food palliatives as well as free transport shuttle to keep workers floating in the face of harsh economic realities.

Aiyedatiwa added that efforts are in top gear to deploy more busses to pick workers as the government is concerned about their welfare. 

Meanwhile, Ondo state police Commissioner,  Abayomi Oladipo, has appealed to the members of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, not to allow their planned protest to be hijack by fifth columnist.

Oladipo  said that they should “stick to their agenda which is peaceful protest and not allow it degenerate into breakdown of law and order under the pretense of hijack by fifth columnist.

A statement by the spokesperson for the command, Funmi Odunlami, said that the “meeting centered basically on how the protest will be conducted without infringing on the rights of law abiding residents and shun activities that may lead to breakdown of law and order.

Oladipo, warned the labor leaders of the command’s preparedness to deal decisively with individuals who may want to cause breakdown of law and order. 

He has therefore ordered the immediate deployment of officers and men to strategic areas within the state to ward off miscreants who may want to hijack the protest.