In response to Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its sister unions have threatened to take action.
This follows the brutalization of NLC President Joe Ajaero on Wednesday in the Imo State capital of Owerri.
In response to Ajaero’s criticism, Uzodinma charged that the NLC President was interfering with state politics.
He argued that Ajaero needed to learn to distinguish between his position as a labour leader and his Imo State partisanship.
The governor insisted that all Imo workers had received their proper salary and accused the leader of attempting to blackmail his government over unpaid salaries.
After its national president, Ajaero, was brutalised, NLC promised to take measures in response to Uzodinma’s statement.
The union added that a gathering of all of its organs would precede any decision-making.
In an interview with Punch, Benson Upah, the NLC’s Head of Information, disclosed this.
“There will be a full and appropriate response,” Upah declared. Details will be made available to you as soon as the organs come together.
In a similar vein, the Polytechnic Academic Staff Union has denounced the assault on Ajaero.
The union stated that it will wait for instructions from the NLC regarding the next course of action in a statement that was signed by Anderson Ezeibe, its National President.
The statement read, “Our union has been closely monitoring reports from Imo State as it affects the planned protest by the leaderships of the NLC and TUC over the conditions of Imo workers in Imo State.
“It is shocking to read reports of attacks and brutalization of unarmed workers and the leadership of the NLC to the extent of causing bodily harm to our protesting comrades who were only expressing their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of association and expression.”
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