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NLC to hold nationwide rallies over insecurity

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has resolved to mobilise workers nationwide to embark on rallies with the aim of sensitising government and citizens on the need to urgently arrest the rising wave of insecurity in Nigeria.

The congress, while expressing concern over the prevailing economic difficulties in the country, also opposed any attempt by the federal government to increase the pump price of petrol just as it kicked against the recent hike in electricity tariffs charged by distribution companies (discos).

The NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, and its immediate past general-secretary, Peter Ozo-Eson, who jointly signed the communiqué at the end of its meeting in Kano, said the NEC expressed alarm at the recent confessions of an arrested bandit who allegedly disclosed that helicopters dropped weapons for criminals, thus suggesting collusion between criminal elements and big-time financiers of criminality.

It, therefore, called on government at all levels to improve the quality and quantity of policing for the security of citizens and property.

 It also called for immediate implementation of the new minimum wage, stressing that the federal government could no longer hide under negotiations with labour to deny workers the opportunity to enjoy the new salary structure.

Radio Nigeria reported that the congress condemned what it called foot-dragging in implementation of the new national minimum wage of N30,000.

The implementation of the new minimum wage bill, which the president signed in April, had been stalled over the issue of relativity and consequential adjustment of salaries following deliberations between government and labour.