Ademola Babalola in Ibadan
Members of the organized labour unions comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Oyo State, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Joint Action Front (JAF), Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), MDCAN, among others, on Wednesday said no going back on the strike enforced in many establishments and called on the Federal Government to reverse the new pump price of fuel to N86.50k.
The position was made known by the NLC chairman, Oyo state, Comrade Waheed Olojede, while addressing the members of the public at various points where the group protested by way of a procession across major roads in Ibadan.
“The position of the Nigerian people now as made by the labour leaders is that the Federal Government of Nigeria should go back to the drawing board to do a re-think and reverse the price of fuel from N145 to N86.50k,” Olojede said.
The protest rally took off from the Oyo state headquarters of the Labour congress and moved round the state capital through Gate, Oje, Bere, Orita Merin, Dugbe, J. Allen, Mokola Round about and secretariat.
There was however free flow of vehicles in Ibadan.
Banks and other private businesses were open to the public, but people came out to watch, dance and sing with the group at most locations where they passed through.
The group chanted anti-government songs with placards carrying inscriptions like “Save Us from These Wicked People”, “Not About Labour but National Issue”, “Enough is Enough”, and “Save Us from Oppressors,” among others.
The NLC Chairman, Comrade Waheed Olojede, while addressing the crowd made up of members of the labour unions, said: “Enough is enough. Nigerian masses are ready to take their destinies in their own hands. The position of the Nigerian people now is that the Federal Government of Nigeria should go back to the drawing board to do a re-think and reverse the price of fuel from N145 to N86.50k.”
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