Nigeria’s nationwide strike records partial compliance in Abuja

A nationwide strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has recorded partial compliance in the federal capital territory (FCT).

The NLC and TUC had announced the strike from midnight on November 14 to protest against the alleged brutality of Joe Ajaero, NLC president, in Imo state.

Ajaero was reportedly picked up from the Imo council secretariat of the congress in Owerri by heavily armed police officers. However, the Imo police command said Ajaero was not arrested but was taken into protective custody to avoid being lynched by a mob.

On November 5, the national industrial court in Owerri, capital of Imo, issued a restraining order to labour unions on the proposed strike in the state. Despite the court order, the labour unions stood their ground.

In Abuja, workers were seen going about their normal activities at the federal secretariat and the old secretariat in area one. Some commercial banks in Area 3 and 8 were also open for business.

However, there was some disruption to activities in some sectors. For example, public transport was limited, and some schools and businesses were closed.

The NLC and TUC have said that the strike will continue until their demands are met. The government has appealed to the unions to call off the strike, but they have so far refused.

It is unclear how long the strike will last or how widespread it will become. However, it is likely to have a significant impact on the Nigerian economy.

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