Economic Hardship: NANS to NLC, Don’t Go on Strike

Economic Hardship: NANS to NLC, Don’t Go on Strike

by Victor Ndubuisi

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has received an appeal from the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) asking it to reconsider striking in order to settle its disputes with the federal government.

The association stated that rather than resolving any issues, any industrial action by organised labour would worsen the nation’s economic status.

The Senate President, Comrade Akinteye Afeez, released a statement on Monday that included the NANS viewpoint.

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“As the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) considers the possibility of embarking on strike action, we are expressing concerns about the potential repercussions on academic activities and the overall welfare of citizens. While acknowledging the legitimate grievances of workers and the need for improved working conditions, we are appealing to the NLC to reconsider their decision and prioritize collaboration with the government for the greater good of the nation.


“The Nigerian government has reportedly fulfilled approximately 60% of the demands presented by the NLC, indicating a commitment to addressing the concerns of workers and improving their welfare. However, the looming threat of a strike poses a significant risk of further exacerbating the economic challenges facing the nation and disrupting the lives of ordinary citizens, including students.

“The impact of a strike on academic activities would be particularly devastating for students, who are already grappling with various challenges within the educational system. Disruptions to academic calendars, examinations, and other educational activities could derail the progress of students and exacerbate the already precarious situation in the education sector.

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“In light of these pressing concerns, we are appealing to the NLC to shun the path of strike action and explore alternative avenues for resolving disputes with the government. We believe that dialogue and constructive engagement are essential for addressing grievances and achieving meaningful progress in improving the welfare of workers and citizens alike.

“Furthermore, we emphasize the importance of unity and solidarity in times of crisis, urging the NLC to join hands with the government and other stakeholders in advancing the development agenda of the nation. By working together collaboratively, we believe that sustainable solutions can be found that will benefit all segments of society.


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