Thursday, 19 May 2016

NLC Strike: Govt. Premises Shut, as Banks, Markets, Private Institutions Transact Businesses in Anambra

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over hike in pump price of petroleum recorded a partial success in Anambra as most private and commercial premises transacted their normal business activities., who traversed round the State gathered that both the federal and state institutions such as Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam and Uli campuses; Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe; the state and federal government owned primary and secondary schools, ministries and parastatals, etc. (with exception of the state media houses) were under lock and key as at Thursday.

However, our publisher learnt that commercial banks and most markets in Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi and Ekwulobia remained open to serve the public, while there were vehicular movements including Okada and Tricycle within the state, as interstate commercial buses and taxies were seen carrying passengers to various destinations.

It was also learnt that few of civil servants, who had ignorantly or deliberately reported for duty on Thursday, were chased away from their offices by the officials of NLC Anambra State Command.

This is even as the Anambra State House of Assembly members quickly adjourned their sitting same day without deliberating on any issue.

Also, the state labour officials led by its State Chairman, Comrade Jerry Nnubia marched from Aroma through some major streets in Awka, bearing placards with inscriptions like:”No to hike in fuel and electricity tariff”, “No to undue increase”, “Once you increase fuel price, the prices of foodstuff will climb to iroko tree”, “Deregulation yes, increase in PMS price no”, “Are we in democracy or militaryocracy” etc., sang solidarity songs before marching to the state secretariat and later to the Anambra state Broadcasting service before they dispersed.

Addressing his colleagues, Comrade Nnubia maintained that the strike would continue until Federal Government reverses the fuel price to N86.5, even as he warned members to ignore propaganda from any quarter, and take directives from NLC.

He added that the strike action continues indefinitely unless otherwise directed by the National body.



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