A coalition of Northern Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has issued a plea to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to consider the current economic hardships faced by Nigerians and promptly call off the ongoing nationwide strike. The CSOs, in an 8-point communique following an emergency meeting at Arewa House, Kaduna, emphasized the unbearable conditions experienced by ordinary citizens, particularly in the North, who rely on daily economic activities for their livelihoods.
The key points highlighted in the communique include:
- Urgent Appeal for Strike Cessation: The CSOs appealed to the NLC and TUC to end the nationwide strike immediately due to the escalating economic difficulties faced by the common man.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution: The CSOs urged the labour unions to consider alternative dispute resolution mechanisms instead of resorting to strike actions, which could further exacerbate the economic challenges.
- Timing Consideration: While acknowledging the rights of the NLC to pressure the government for their demands, the CSOs expressed concern about the timing of the strike, considering the multitude of challenges confronting the nation.
- Inherited Problems: The CSOs recognized that the issues raised by the labour unions were inherited problems, currently being addressed by the Federal Government. They stressed the importance of engaging in roundtable discussions rather than prolonging the resolution process through strikes.
- Support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu: The CSOs called on the labour unions to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration, commending his economic policies geared towards recovery and sustainable growth.
- Bold Decision on Fuel Subsidy: The CSOs acknowledged President Tinubu’s bold decision to remove the fuel subsidy, averting a national economic catastrophe. They highlighted the government’s interventions, including palliatives to mitigate the impact on citizens.
- Petroleum Industry Reforms: The CSOs urged the labour unions to consider the Federal Government’s efforts in the Petroleum industry reforms aimed at improving crude oil production output.
- Economic Recovery Reforms: Recognizing President Tinubu’s economic recovery reforms, the CSOs emphasized the significance of supporting these initiatives to redirect the economy and enhance long-term economic growth.
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The coalition expressed optimism that the ongoing reforms and efforts by the government would alleviate the high cost of living, and they called for the support of labour unions as pressure groups to aid the President in achieving economic stability and job creation.
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