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The NLC Strike: A Total Fail

Compared to the #OccupyNigeria action of 2012, the strike declared by NLC on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 was a total failure. In places like Rivers, Adamawa, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa etc, life and businesses went on as usual. Nigerians totally ignored the call by the Nigerian Labour Congress to strike against the increase in fuel price. While some stayed at home, others were at work as if nothing concern them.  And in places where the strike held yesterday (Wednesday) only a few, mostly the officials of NLC protested. And the reason is simple; Nigerians have lost faith in the government to protect their best interests and also in the civil society to fight for what’s right.

According to NAN, banks, schools, state and federal secretariats, hospitals, markets and all major commercial centres in most cities across Nigeria opened for business as usual.

Could this be the death of organized Labour in Nigeria, especially as its members don’t trust nor support it?

“When we were not paid our salary for over eight months, what did the NLC do? Before the removal of subsidy, we were buying fuel at the cost of N300 per litre; in some states, even N500. Now the fuel is available at maximum of N145. The NLC should leave us alone,” argued Sanusi Ibrahim, a civil servant from Bauchi state.

Some people said they refused to partake in the strike because they did not believe that such action would solve anything.

In Port Harcourt banks opened for business at 9:00AM as against official time of 8:00am.

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