NLC suspends protest

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday night suspended its nationwide protest after the first day of the two-day demonstration.

In a communique at the end of its national executive council meeting, the NLC said the objectives of the protest were achieved on the first day of the demonstration.

“Consequently, NEC-in-session resolved as follows: to suspend street action for the second day of the Protest having achieved overwhelming success thus attained the key objectives of the 2-day protest on the first day,” the communique partly read.

“However, Nationwide action continues tomorrow with simultaneous Press Conferences across all the states of the federation by the state Councils of the Congress including the National Headquarters.

“To reaffirm and extend the 7-days ultimatum by another 7 days which now expires on the 13th day of March, 2024 within which the Government is expected to implement all the earlier agreement of the 2nd day of October, 2023 and other demands presented in our letter during today’s nationwide protest.

“To meet and decide on further lines of action if on the expiration of the 14 days Government refuses to comply with the demands as contained in the ultimatum.”

The organised labour is demanding increase in the minimum wage, provision of palliatives to help the Nigerian people deal with rising prices of goods and services, and policies to improve the economy and advance the people’s standard of living among others.