The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced its scheduled nationwide protest set for August 2nd (today), which is set to commence at 7:30 am across all 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This planned protest reflects the labor union’s strong dissatisfaction with what it characterizes as unfavorable policies of the government led by President Bola Tinubu, particularly the removal of fuel subsidy.
Comrade Benson Upah, NLC’s Head of Information, informed journalists that both workers and civil society organizations would gather at Abuja’s Unity Fountain to kick off the protest, with state chapters simultaneously initiating their protests.
Upah confirmed that NLC’s affiliate unions, operating through their state branches, have mobilized their members and are fully prepared for the protest.
He also emphasized that appropriate security agencies have been informed and are expected to ensure the safety of Nigerian citizens during the protest. He noted that the international community is closely observing the federal government’s handling of the situation and its treatment of its citizens.
“Our plans have been solidified, and the indications are clear that Nigerians are eager to take to the streets to voice their frustration and indignation regarding the harsh economic conditions prevailing in the country,” Upah stated.
Meanwhile, the NLC utilized its Twitter platform on Tuesday to reaffirm its readiness for the forthcoming street demonstration, declaring, “Tomorrow is the day; our nationwide voice must resound.” Other posts from Congress read, “Is there no strategy for the revival or establishment of new refineries? This implies that the less privileged will be left struggling with a monopolized refinery and continually escalating petrol prices.
“A trillion naira was saved through two rounds of petrol price hikes that burdened the poor. Yet, there were no savings from reductions in governance costs or the lavish allowances granted to politicians.”