Following the judgement of the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt which ordered the Nigeria Police Force to vacate the premises of Obio /Akpor Council Secretariat, the organised labour saturday asked all workers of council area to return to work immediately.
The statement jointly signed by Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Rivers State, Comrade Chris Oruge, Chairman, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Rivers State, Comrade Chika Onuegbu and the Chairman, Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC), Rivers State, Comrade Chuku Emecheta also appealed to the local government council to pay the workers for the period of the lock out by the Nigeria Police Rivers State Command.
The groups said: “We took the position because the workers were ready to work, but were prevented to go to their places of work by the police.”
The statement also urged the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command to ask their men to vacate the premises of Obio/Akpor Council Secretariat.
“We advised the Nigeria Police Force Rivers State Command to focus on their constitutional duties of protecting lives and property, instead of tacitly taking side on matters that are purely political.
“We call on workers in the state to remain calm and go about their normal duties, as Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) are closely monitoring the developments in Rivers State,” the statement read.