In response to the Nigeria Labour Congress’ announcement of a forthcoming two-day warning strike, several state chapters of organized labor unions have signaled their intention to participate in this industrial action.
Leadership representatives from these state-level labor unions, confirmed that they have issued directives to their members to actively partake in the impending warning strike. The strike is scheduled to occur on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 5 and 6, 2023.
Mrs. Agnes Sessi, the Chairperson of the NLC’s Lagos chapter, announced the participation of the Lagos NLC in the nationwide strike.
She confirmed this by saying: “We are under the authority of our national leadership and whatever is decided at the national level is binding on us. So, yes, we are joining the strike.”
The Chairman of the NLC in Sokoto State, Abdullahi Jungle, confirmed the union’s intent to mobilize its members within the state for the upcoming two-day warning strike.
“Yes, we are joining the strike as we are already mobilising our members for the strike,” he said.
The NLC chapter in Kano State has affirmed its participation in the forthcoming warning strike and protest organized by the national body of the union.
According to Kabiru Inuwa, the Chairman of the state’s NLC, this decision was reached during the National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja.
“We are going to hold our State Executive Council meeting today (Sunday) around 3pm to finalise the arrangements for the commencement of the warning strike on Tuesday.
“So, we are going to join the strike as directed by the national headquarters of our union because we attended the NEC where the decision was reached,” Inuwa said.
Furthermore, the NLC’s Ekiti State chapter has announced its commitment to participate in the national leadership’s declared two-day warning strike. Kolapo Olatunde, the State Chairman, emphasized that Ekiti State’s members would join the strike unless the Federal Government takes necessary actions to prevent it.
The Niger State chapter of the NLC convened a significant meeting with all its affiliated bodies in preparation for the warning strike.
Reports indicate that members engaged in this crucial meeting, with the leadership of numerous affiliate bodies present, such as the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Medical and Health Workers Union, Hotel Workers Union, tertiary institutions’ unions, and civil service unions, among others.
While Mohammed Salihu, the NLC’s Secretary in Niger State, remained silent on the matter, he mentioned that only the chairman possessed the authority to speak regarding the strike.
Based on current indications, it appears that the strike will proceed as planned. However, there is a scheduled press conference on Monday to unveil the specific details and procedures.