Tuesday, 10 January 2012
Nationwide strike and #OccupyNigeria still gaining ground.
The Nation wide strike across Nigeria is still gaining ground as residents across the country comply by sitting at home. Business activities is on shut down and transportation is scarce as even filling stations have been asked to remain shut.
The senate president, David Mark, yesterday met with Labour and TUC leaders at his home in Abuja and tried to persuade them to call off the strike..but Labour and TUC leaders have refused insisting on a reversal of petrol back to N65.
Meanwhile, the members of the Ogun State Youth Alliance on Monday called on Goodluck Jonathan to revert to the pre-2012 N65 per litre of petrol or resign as the President of Nigeria. During their rally to the corporate headquarters of Punch Nigeria Ltd in Magboro, on Monday, the protesters, led by Adesina Ibrahim, Moses Ehix and the youth leader, Oladele Kehinde, they also advised the Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to resign.
The protesters carried placards and leaf branches in their march that covered Arepo, Wawa, Ibafo and Magboro. Singing and chanting anti-Federal Government songs and slogans, they said life had become difficult for the ordinary Nigerian because of the removal of fuel subsidy by the Jonathan Administration.
The strike action however has posed a big problem for several businesses and news making round is that Employers are threatening their employees with 'no pay' or getting 'sacked' for not turning up at work. The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, threatened that he would implement the no-work-no-pay rule for workers of the ministry and its parastatals who refused to turn up for work.
Chukwu, who was disappointed that a majority of the workers failed to report for work, said the ministry would be forced to punish them.
He said, “Some workers are here and like you observed many others didn’t turn up. There are basic laws of the country that if you don’t come to work, you don’t get salary. So, I believe it will be implemented".
All indications however from NLC & TUC is that there would be no halt to this nation wide strike until President Jonathan gets his acts together and reverses the fuel price.