Wednesday, 18 May 2016

BREAKING NEWS:-LIVE: Divided NLC defies court, embarks on strike

LIVE: Divided NLC defies court,
embarks on strike

Nigerians have remained in topsy-
turvy following the new
development in the country’s
downstream oil sector.Now lets  recalls that the federal government
on Wednesday, May 11, removed subsidy from
sale of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) also
known as petrol with immediate effect.
According to the government, a benchmark of
N145 per litre, has been recommended as pump
The announcement was made by Ibe Kachikwu,
minister of state for petroleum, who however promised
the price will not stay for so long.
This however didn’t go down well with the
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the
Trade Union Congress (TUC), who vowed to
go on strike to force the federal government to revert
to the former pump price of petrol (now pegged at
But just as both labour unions planned an
industrial action to force the federal government to
revert to the former pump price of petrol, the
government filed a suit at the Industrial court to
restrain the NLC and TUC from embarking
on strike. And in the early hours of Wednesday,
May 18, the court read an injunction against
NLC and TUC not to go on strike. The
court order shows that should the NLC and
TUC go ahead with the industrial action, then
they are going against the law.
Just before the court order, a meeting into the night
of Tuesday, May 17, between the federal
government and the labour workers to reach a
compromise over the proposed action, ended in a

Although it was gathered that the federal
government has agreed to set up a committee that will
review the new fuel pump price as well as the
minimum wage issue which the workers have been
agitating over.
However, Our fact-check today, May
18, have showed that people have carried on with
their usual daily activities despite NLC’s earlier
position to embark on strike to protest the fuel hike,
just as the TUC as pulled out from the industrial
From Lagos to Ogun to Edo, Delta, Abuja
and several parts of the country, Nigerians were
seen carrying on with their normal daily activities.
This however has triggered the ire of some irked
Nigerians who have taken to the streets to harass
motorists and passerby. is on the streets of Lagos, Abuja,Benin,Port Harcourt
and many other major states in the country. We are
going to be bringing live coverage of how Nigerians
are reacting to the impending strike from the labour
union.We will also appreciate feedback from
our readers on the situation of things in your areas.
Send updates to
11.30am’ In Maryland, Lagos, business activity
is going smoothly. Speaking to our Consultant, a
resident who chose to remain anonymous said:
“Many Nigerians have refused to join
NLC in the strike because we
understand the rationale behind FG
67% increase in fuel price. Unlike in
2012, we chose not to strike because
we believe in this government.”
11.12am’ There are reports that NLC and
ASUU members have began protest in Ibadan,
the Oyo state capital.

members begin protest in Ibadan
11:18 AM - 18 May 2016
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11am’ A protest has been reported in Abeokuta,
the Ogun state capital. Led by the Chairman of
the State Labour Congress, NLC, the
protesters mainly workers of the affiliated unions
commenced their protest from the NLC
Secretariat, Abiola way and moving through
MKO Abiola stadium to Kuto roundabout and
down to Kuto road and had a stop over at the
State High court, Isabo.
There was a mild drama at the High court area as
the protesters are forcing shops and workers to join
them in the protest, which some vehemently rejected.
While many people are condemning their
actions,asking them to go back to their various
offices,saying,they are not fighting for the masses but
their pockets, some are praising them.
Findings across the state revealed that schools in
Sagamu down go Ijebu Ode to Ijebu
Ilese,Ijebu Imushin,Ijebu Ife to Itele down
to Ogbere and Abigi and Ibiade in Ogun
Waterside are opened with most teachers around
while students are seeing in two’s and there’s
roaming around the street.
Similar situation was gathered in Itori, Ewekoro,
Papalanto, Ifo to Sango down to Iju Ota,
Obere Ota, Iyana Igbesa, Owode, Oke Odan,
Ajilete, Ihunbo, Ilase, Idiroko, Ibatefin,
Agosasa to Ipokia down to Ifoyintedo and
Tube, schools were opened and students are in their
various classrooms going about their educational
Our correspondent gathered from a source that
leadership of the association of Private schools
proprietors had issued a statement denouncing their
non support to the call by the NLC.
Speaking with our correspondent, some of the
teachers,who pleaded anonymity disclosed that they are
already at their duty posts,opined that their was no
need for the strike action.
A resident, Ms Yetunde Giwa advised that
staying at home is not the solution, but to look at a
way to cushion the suffering of the masses, posited
that, “there is no gains without pains”.
An official of a new generation bank declared that
we are not part of those that are calling for the
strike, so why won’t we be at work. “At
least,you can see for yourself that
activities are going on here and other
banks around here. Oke Ilewo is the
economic nerve centre of Abeokuta,
you can attest to it that normal
activities are going on everywhere,no
cause for alarm. We are not part of
the strike and will be never be”, the
banker insisted.

The NLC protesters are still moving round the
town, carpeting the Federal government for their
insensitivity about the masses.
10.45am’ In Ogun state, residents and workers
have been seen going about their normal businesses
against the call by the NLC that industrial
action should begin today. Investigation within
Abeokuta metropolis showed that schools, banks and
other offices are open for businesses. Also,’s correspondent can authoritatively
report that normal activities were going on at the
State Secretariat, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta as
workers are seen at their various duty posts going
about their normal businesses.
10.30am’ Despite the anti-riot police officers
arrival at Fadeyi bus-stop along Ikorodu road to
disperse rioters, reports reaching our Consultants
have it that the NLC have began protest in the
10am’ findings have shown that a
lot of people have failed to comply with the
NLC strike as they go about their daily activities.
Social media expert and Nigerian blogger Japhet
Omojuwa also makes same assertion.

The way people were pulling out of the
NLC strike, no one expected it to birth
anything tangible. You can't strike for its
sake alone.
10:01 AM - 18 May 2016
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JJ. Omojuwa
9.51am’ Protesters have taken to the streets in
Ekiti state in compliance with the NLC strike.
Strict compliance of NLC strike in
Ekiti State....civil protests now ongoing
10:24 AM - 18 May 2016
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9.20am’ Reports reaching us have it that the
NLC have commenced protest in Abuja. Some
members of the labour union have taken to the streets
with the union flags demanding the FG revert to
the former pump price of petrol.
9am’ Following intelligent reports from some
Nigerians, Anti-riot police officers have
arrived Fadeyi bus-stop along Ikorodu road to
disperse rioters who blocked the road by creating
burn fires this morning.
7.30am’ Hoodlums arrive Fadeyi bus-stop along
Ikorodu road to harass motorists who looked to be
heading to their places of work. The hoodlum
blocked the road by creating burn fires.
7.10am’ A poll conducted by
our official Twitter handle has shown
that more Nigerians prefer the NLC don’t go on
Should Nigerians support NLC strike?
#FuelSubsidy #FuelPriceHike…
3:16 PM - 16 May 2016
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290 votes • Final results
34% Yes
66% No
7am’ Reports have it that that hoodlums have
blocked the every busy Ikorodu road to stop
motorists who seemed to be heading to their various
places of work.
@Omojuwa Some hoodlums are blocking
the Ikorodu Rd and stoning innocent
motorist. The police is required please we