All sectors of the Nigerian economy will experience a total shutdown, as workers take to the streets on Sept. 28 to protest increase in oil prices and electricity tariff, an official of the labour movement has said.
Mr Amaechi Asogwuni, the National Vice President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said this when he addressed a news conference in Lagos on Sunday.
“No airport will be in operation across the country, banks are not expected to function, as Nigerian workers have taken the decision to go on strike.
“We are the workers and we are withdrawing our services; we have the right to do so because protests are our constitutional right.
“And I believe we will enforce it; schools shall remain closed until this action ends,” he said.
Asogwuni called on Nigerians to join the protest, saying it was part of their quota to the promotion of the country’s democracy.
“We must ensure that all sectors remained shut as a voice to the government to respond to the cry of Nigerians.
“On the increase in the price of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), what was expected of government was its engagement with all stakeholders, including labour, prior to the action.
“The government did not do that; it failed in its duty to engage labour before taking the action.
“On the increase of electricity tariff, government earlier had an interaction on it with labour in Kano and we discouraged government from proceeding with the increase.
“It was, therefore, a big shock that government still went ahead to dare Nigerians; people depend on power and you cannot wake up one morning and strengthen their suffering.
“We will resist it and we call on all Nigerians to join the struggle because in a democracy, it is the collective voice of the people that makes the difference,” he said.