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Strike can lead to civil unrest, worsen Nigeria’s security, economic situation – NANS

…Appeals to NLC to shelve proposed strike

 

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed the fear that strike, though a powerful tool, can lead to civil unrest and further worsen the security and economic situation of the country.

 

The students’ union expressed the fear at a news conference in Abeokuta on Saturday while reacting to the 14 -day strike notice by the organised labour in the country, to the Federal Government, over its failure to implement the agreements reached on October 2, following the removal of the fuel subsidy.

NANS, therefore, appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), to shelve their planned strike in the overall interest of Nigerians though the have the right to make demands and embark on strike to drive home their points.

The National President of the students’ body, Pedro Obi, however, expressed displeasure over the agonies and pains being passed through by Nigerians, as a result of the fuel subsidy removal.

Obi explained, “While recognising the importance of addressing labour-related concerns and advocating for workers’ rights, we kindly urge the labour unions to explore alternative means of dialogue and negotiation with the relevant authorities.

“A strike, though a powerful tool, can lead to civil unrest and further worsen the security and economic situation of the country.

“We believe that constructive dialogue and engagement can lead to mutually beneficial solutions without causing nationwide unrest.

“Our plea is not to undermine the legitimacy of the concerns raised by the labour unions, but to emphasise the potential adverse effects a strike could have on all sectors of our economy.

“We remain hopeful that a consensus can be reached through meaningful discussions, ensuring that the rights and well-being of both workers and students are considered in the pursuit of fair and just solutions”.

 

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