RESIDENTS of Akwanga local
government area of Nasarawa
State have taken to the streets,
calling on members of the
organised labour unions to call
off the on-going strike in the
interest of the masses and socioeconomic
development of the
Hajiya Aisha Idris, who led
some concerned residents to
protest the action of the workers,
regretted that the strike had not
only crippled business activities
but had also affected the health
and education needs of the
people of the state negatively.
The group, in their hundreds,
displayed placards with various
inscriptions such as, labour,
please suspend the ongoing
workers strike, TA’Al is
working, Nasarawa is changing,
workers come back to work
among others.
“As you can see, we the
residents of Akwanga decided to
embark on this peaceful protest
because the ongoing strike by
the organised labour unions has
not only paralysed economic
activities but has also affected
the lives of many patients in the
public hospitals negatively.”
“Government hospitals,
tertiary institutions, secondary
and primary schools, local
government staff, all the
ministries, agencies and even
the state owned media went on
strike, this is sympathetic and
uncalled for, workers should
return to work” she maintained.
Paramount ruler of Mada
nation, His Royal Highness,
Samson Gamu-Yare, who later
addressed the protesters in
his palace in Akwanga, urged
the group to be peaceful while
carrying out the protest.
Reacting to the protest,
Chairman of Nigeria Union of
Local Government Employees,
NULGE, Akwanga local
government chapter, Mr. Yakubu
Bako advised the protesters to
talk to the government to meet
up with the demands of the
labour rather than protesting.
He added that workers were
ready to return to work if
their demands were met by
It will be recalled that the
organised labour unions in
Nasarawa State had embarked
on an indefinite strike on January
16 over the non-payment of their
four months minimum wage
arrears, non implementation of
promotion of staff from 2011 and
payment of backlog of gratuities
and arrears of pensioners among
other demands.

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