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Low turnout in Kaduna as workers protest economic hardship

Low turnout in Kaduna as workers protest economic hardship
February 27
15:30 2024

There was low turnout of workers in Kaduna for the nationwide protest called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). 

On Tuesday, members of organised labour took to the streets of cities nationwide to protest the economic hardship and spiralling inflation confronting the citizenry.

Joe Ajaero, national president of the NLC, said the country is experiencing increased hunger due to the federal government’s refusal to meet agreements reached with organised labour. 

In Kaduna, a handful of workers who converged on the state secretariat of the NLC, were led by Ayuba Suleiman, the state chairman of the labour union. 

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The workers marched from their secretariat to Lugard Hall Roundway, and to Independence Way, amid heavy police protection.

Wielding placards with sundry inscriptions, the workers called for an end to hunger, poverty and insecurity in the country.

They also said the current minimum wage cannot buy a 50kg bag of rice and demanded for a review.

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Massive security was deployed to strategic locations within Kaduna metropolis to curtail any attempts to hijack the protest.

The protest was peaceful and lasted for an hour.

Meanwhile, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, minister of state for labour and employment, had said there has been substantial progress on the agreements reached with the labour unions.

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