By Sarah NEGEDU
Government activities were today grounded at the Federal Capital Territory Administration, as the local labour union, Joint Union Action Committee, JUAC, barricade every access gates into the FCTA Secretariat in compliance with the directives of the Nigerian Labour Congress.
Members of staff and visitors were prevented from gaining access into the premises as the strike entered the second day with several workers seen milling around the main gate while Labour leaders enforced compliance of “no entry, no going out.”
The JUAC chairman, Comrade Mutilukoro Korede, told journalists that the tempo will be sustained until the demands of the NLC are met. He called on President Tinubu to cut short his trip to Saudi Arabia and address the burning issues on ground.
Top on the NLC’s demand is that government must condemn the brutalisation of their President, Joe Ajaero, in IMO state and the perpetrators prosecuted.
Korede, noted that the fuel subsidy removal has caused untold hardship on Nigerians and that President Tinubu must return and re-strategise.
His words: “We are still singing the same song, meet Labours demand. The brutalisation of the NLC President should be condemned in its entirety and the culprits be arrested and prosecuted, particularly the police officers involved and other individuals.”
According to him, the second reason for the strike is the hardship occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal and that government should re strategise.
“The hardship in the land has become unbearable, the fuel price hike is uncalled for. Right now Nigerians are in pain. They are paying someone N30, 000 as a minimum wage and he is going to spend between N60, 000 to N70, 000 for transportation from where he lives to the office. How is he expected to survive? The mathematics is no longer adding up.”
Korede, called on the federal government to re strategise saying, “There is the need to look at it from another angle. We believe in Nigeria, we believe in the government of President Ahmed Tinubu. Here in the FCT, we believe in our own minister, but we are not going to keep quiet. Here, we will ensure that the gate remains under lock and key. I know our other colleagues across the country are doing the same. We will not stop till the federal government sees reasons to act otherwise.
“The president is not in the country, if we are important to him, he should cut short his trip and return home. He is out there because Nigerians voted for him to be President. Your house cannot be on fire and you are comfortable some where. The president should return and do the needful, he shouldn’t make us regret voting him.