Abuja – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) jointly announced the suspension of their nationwide indefinite strike on Wednesday. This decision, coming after a meeting mediated by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, reflects a strategic move by the Organised Labour to pave the way for further discussions with the Federal Government.
In a joint statement, NLC General Secretary Emmanuel Ugboaja and TUC Secretary General Nuhu Toro outlined the rationale behind the suspension. The National Executive Council (NEC) of both unions reviewed the offers presented by the government and found them credible. The government’s commitment to addressing key demands of the Organised Labour played a crucial role in reaching this decision.
One of the primary demands was justice for the abduction and brutalization of NLC President Joe Ajaero and other union members in Owerri, Imo State, on November 1, 2023. The statement emphasized the expectation for the government to address these incidents.
“We expect the government to address the distressing abduction and brutalization of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, and others,” the statement read.
The NSA, on behalf of the government, tendered an apology for the incident and assured a thorough investigation. Some perpetrators have already been arrested, and the statement affirms that the remaining individuals involved will be identified and prosecuted.
The Organised Labour acknowledges the ongoing high-powered investigation and expressed confidence in being kept informed of the progress made. They commended their affiliates and state councils for their unwavering commitment, attributing their success in the strike to this collective tenacity.