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Hamzat, Lagos Lawmakers Receive Protesting NLC, TUC

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The Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, and members of the State’s House of Assembly on Wednesday received protesting members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliates, who were in Alausa to express their concerns over the hardship in the country.

Spokesperson and Chairman of the NLC in Lagos, Comrade Bello Ismail, said the body commenced a nationwide protest to express their dissatisfaction with the removal of fuel subsidy resulting in hardship on the citizens.

Ismail noted that the current situation in the country is unpalatable for the average citizens, urging the government to respect the people of the country who voted them in.

“You come to us to beg us to vote you in, your responsibility as a representative of the people you govern is to protect their welfare.

“We are doing this protest because we have the right to protest and table our issues before the government. Our cry is that we want to be able to commute from one place to another freely to our respective places.

“However that has become practically impossible. As Congress we have been engaging the government but the engagement hasn’t been productive and fruitful enough.

“On 5th June, 2023, we had an understanding with the government and the leadership of Congress is keen that the government should respect that understanding,” he said.

Barr. Femi Falana (SAN), who joined the protest, lamented the hardship faced by citizens, adding: “We are here to tell the Federal Government through the Lagos State Government that our country is not a poor country; we are blessed with so many natural resources to be suffering this way.

“There is no way the IMF and World Bank can help Nigeria. The implementation of no liberal policies has taken the nation to where it is today.”

“For those in the National Assembly, it is unacceptable to vote N70 billion for the face-lift of the National Assembly. This money and another N40 billion for the acquisition of exotic cars can be shared to constituencies in the country.”

Falana noted that the total sum of money is over one hundred billion “and if you divide that by 360, constituencies in the country would receive a total of N305 million which will ease the hardship in the land.”

Another labour leader, Comrade Funmi Sese, opined that a palliative of N30,000 be given to civil servants in Lagos State to alleviate their sufferings. She, thereafter, presented a protest letter to Dr. Hamzat, who atood in for Governor Babajide Sanwo- Olu.

The Deputy Governor thanked the union members for their peaceful action while reassuring them that he would deliver the letter having heard their pleas.

He promised that labour would hear from the government soon

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