The ongoing nationwide strike in Nigeria, has been suspended.
The suspension is sequel to the emergency joint National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the NLC and TUC, held on the 15th day of November, 2023 in which a thorough review of the offers presented by the federal government through the National Security Adviser during its earlier meeting with the leadership of both centers was made, and a resolution was reached to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike, which commenced on the 14th November, 2023.
A statement jointly signed by the General Secretary, NLC, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja Esq. mni, and the Secretary General, TUC, Comrade Nuhu Toro, says the suspension of the strike is intended to facilitate further discussions after the federal government had met their crucial demands to address the distressing abduction and brutalization of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, and others.
“These incidents occurred at the hands of the Police and Governor Hope Uzodimma’s thugs in Owerri, Imo state, on the 1st day of November, 2023.
“An apology was tendered on behalf of the government by The NSA, who promised to coordinate the investigation. Some of the perpetrators have been arrested, and we were given High assurances that all others will be fished out and prosecuted.
“High-powered investigation is currently being carried out and the leadership of the labour centers will be briefed continuously as progress is being made.
“We extend our commendation and salute to all affiliates and state councils for their unwavering commitment and tenacity, which contributed to the success of the nationwide strike” the statement said.
The statement directed all affiliates and State councils of both the NLC and TUC to demobilize and cease any further escalation of the indefinite strike action, and fully resume work tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th day of November, 2023.
“Once again, we convey our appreciation for your cooperation, resilience, and determination in ensuring the success of the indefinite nationwide strike. We encourage you to remain vigilant as we await the fulfillment of the remaining agreements” the statement added.