The Senate has called on organized labor to end its ongoing industrial action for the sake of Nigeria’s suffering masses.
The resolution follows the recent physical assault on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, in Imo State. As part of mediation efforts, the Senate will promptly invite labor leaders to an emergency meeting to resolve the dispute.
The motion was presented by Senator Abdul Ningi, condemning the attack on Ajaero and emphasizing his constitutional right to participate in the state’s electioneering.
The Senate is concerned that the strike, initiated on November 14, is linked to the alleged assault and expresses worry about its potential adverse impact on the economy if allowed to persist.
Ningi’s motion was presented by Senate Leader Michael Opeyemi Banidele.
In his words, “The Senate is aware that the strike which has commenced since 14th of November 2023 is not unconnected with the alleged assault on the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress during the electioneering campaign that took place in Imo State.
“The Senate worries that most of the demands of the NLC are not targeted towards just the welfare of the Nigerian workers but essentially targeted most essentially at issues arising from the alleged political involvement of the President of the NLC, who also is an indigene and also have a right to a part of the campaign process in Imo State.”
This came after Joe Ajaero was physically assaulted by suspected thugs during his visit in Imo state, prior to the gubernatorial election