The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has reiterated its determination to proceed with a nationwide strike unless the Federal government fulfills its obligations as outlined in the October 2, 2023 agreement.

Dismissing the government’s claims of fulfilling 80% of the agreement, the NLC called for transparency and prompt action to avert a looming industrial crisis.

In a letter dated February 29, 2024, addressed to the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, the NLC’s Acting General Secretary, Ismail Bello, raised concerns over the government’s assertion of meeting the agreement’s terms.

The letter highlighted discrepancies and unmet obligations, warning of potential repercussions if corrective action is not taken before the March 13, 2024, deadline.

Titled “Has the Government Truly Implemented the October 2, 2023 Agreement,” the letter challenged the government’s assertion, emphasizing the need for accountability and adherence to the terms outlined in the agreement.

Pointing to specific areas of concern, the NLC underscored the government’s failure to fully address key provisions, including the N35,000 wage award and the promised cash transfers to vulnerable households.

Regarding the N35,000 wage award, the NLC highlighted the government’s delay in payment, resulting in financial strain for affected workers nationwide.

According to the NLC, despite assurances, the Port Harcourt Refinery has yet to resume production, further exacerbating economic challenges.

It also noted that the promised cash transfers to 15 million poor households have also failed to materialize, raising concerns about corruption and mismanagement.

Also, the NLC pointed out the government’s failure to implement tax waivers for workers, small businesses, and the general public, exacerbating financial hardships for citizens.

The letter underscored the need for tangible progress and urged the Federal government to prioritize the welfare of Nigerian workers and citizens.

Analysts contend that the NLC’s ultimatum underscores growing frustration with the government’s handling of economic challenges and highlights the urgent need for meaningful action to address pressing issues.


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