Nigerian Labour Urges Citizens to Stock Up on Food, Medicines, and Essentials Amid Nationwide Strike

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Naija247news reports that the Federal Government is set to meet with representatives of the organised labour on Monday in a bid to avert the nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). In anticipation of the upcoming seven-day strike to protest the removal of fuel subsidies and the rising cost of living, the NLC has advised citizens to stock up on food items, medicines, and other essentials.

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The NLC issued this warning as the strike is expected to cripple the country, causing severe disruption to transportation services, closure of markets, schools, and healthcare facilities. Citizens are urged to minimize movements during the strike to avoid being stranded.

The NLC had earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the government, demanding action on their demands after the removal of fuel subsidies led to a significant increase in fuel prices.

After the initial meeting between the government and labour representatives, the organised labour expressed dissatisfaction and stormed out of the meeting, citing the government’s lack of seriousness. However, another meeting is scheduled for Monday to continue the negotiations.

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) confirmed that they were mobilising their members to halt fuel supply and the national electricity grid during the strike in solidarity with the NLC’s mass protest.

Despite the government citing a legal restraint from the National Industrial Court, the NLC’s National Executive Council endorsed the nationwide strike and mass protests. The government is expected to roll out social investment programmes to provide palliatives to the poorest citizens to alleviate their suffering during this period.

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