Nigeria’s nationwide strike gets off to mixed start in Lagos

Workers in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital, have partially complied with the nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).

The strike is in protest against the alleged failure of the Federal Government to address issues affecting workers, such as the minimum wage, insecurity, corruption, and poor governance.

The unions have also made some demands following the recent crisis in Imo state, where the NLC President, Mr Joe Ajaero, and other members of the labour unions were allegedly brutalised.

The government has warned the unions against embarking on the strike, saying it would amount to contempt of court. However, the unions have refused to back down.

On Tuesday, the first day of the strike, some workers in Lagos were seen going about their normal activities, while others stayed away from work.

The Secretary General of the Nigeria Union of Railway Workers, Mr Segun Esan, said that the union was involved in the strike and no train was running as a result.

The President of the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance, and Financial Institutions, Mr Oluwole Olusoji, said that advice had been sent out to members on compliance. He said that members had been advised to ensure the safeguard of lives and property from people who might be used to take undue advantage of the situation.

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