Business and other activities in Lagos, the nation’s economic nerve centre, and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Wednesday, went unhindered as residents shunned the strike declared by a faction of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, led by Ayuba Wabba, to protest the N145 hike in pump price of petrol. This came as reports across the states indicated that there was only partial compliance to the strike in a few states.
The Senate also, yesterday, asked its Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to interface with the Federal Government and the NLC on the face-off between both parties. In Lagos, seaports, airports, banks, public offices, schools, factories, markets and others did their businesses unhindered as commercial bus operators started operations in the early hours of the day. From Obalende to Ketu, Ojota to Mile 12 markets, trading activities went on unhindered, while vehicular traffic was busy as usual. However, it was observed that an OP MESA patrol vehicle and about 15 police personnel in an Amoured Personnel Carrier, APC, were stationed at Gani Fawehinmi Park, Ojota. Also, all the LAGBUS buses did not operate, as they were all parked in Yaba. Wabba-led NLC protests in Lagos But some members of Wabba-led NLC and Joint Action Front, JAF, held a protest march from Yaba office of the NLC from about 8:00 a.m, through Ikorodu Road to Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, urging Nigerians to participate in the strike.
Speaking to Vanguard, President of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, Igwe Achese, reiterated that members were not on strike, assuring that fuel supplies would not be disrupted at all. According to him, NUPENG is aligning fully with Comrade Joseph Ajaero-led faction of the NLC not to embark on a nationwide strike. The union directed all its members nationwide to go to work and ignore the calls by the Ayuba- led faction of the NLC to go on strike. He called on members working in oil installations and loading depots to be alive to their responsibilities, insisting that all filling stations must be opened for the petrol station workers to dispense petroleum products to end users. Achese enjoined oil marketers to open their depots for members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, PTDs, branch of the union to load petroleum products to the different locations in the country.