Economic Undertakings

Stop Scare Alarms, Sue Importers, NLC Rebukes DSS

The Nigeria Labor Congress has refuted claims by the Department of State Security that unions were plotting in cahoots with some governors, students, lecturers and others to organize rallies like the #EndSARS protests to destabilize parts of the country, calling on the secret police to stop alarmist alarms and redirect their energy and resources to bring to justice enemies of public order and stability such as importers of adulterated gasoline, oil distributors and station operators -service selling to black merchants.

NLC Chairman Ayuba Wabba, who said this in a statement in Abuja on Monday, called the DSS allegation unfortunate, saying it smacks of evil.

He argued that trade unions and national labor centers are independent organizations recognized by both national laws and international conventions with fundamental rights and freedoms to associate, organize and undertake labor activities. defense of workers’ rights and interests.

“According to the provisions of our laws and in accordance with global industrial relations standards, no authorization is required under the law for a peaceful assembly of workers and citizens.

“In any case, as the responsible national center of labor, the Nigeria Labor Congress always informs the Department of State Services and other security agencies of our activities, especially when they are businesses in the public space,” Wabba said.

According to him, in all its undertakings as trade unions and central trade unions, the congress has never been deemed violent or complicit in incitement to acts of robbery.

The congress further stated that unions exist to protect the interests of their members, noting that some of the socio-economic realities highlighted by the DSS in its statement, such as the current strike by university professors and the scarcity of petroleum products refined, were legitimate. concerns to citizens.

Wabba said, “We don’t need clandestine meetings with state governors, some of whom treat workers terribly, to voice our concerns about issues affecting the workers and people of Nigeria.

“Our pain as citizens, workers, students, merchants and professionals becomes more excruciating knowing that our trials and vicissitudes are all self-inflicted.

“We urge security agencies not to invest in scaremongering, but rather to redirect their energy and resources and help bring to justice the real enemies of public order and stability – the gasoline importers adulterated, oil traders and gas station operators who are busier during ungodly hours selling to black merchants and going without a pump or two in broad daylight, thus subjecting citizens to long queues of appalling gasoline.

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