Oyo Workers, Students Protest, Accuse Labour Leaders Of Betrayal
Scores of workers, students, traders and concerned residents trooped out in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Monday to stage a protest against the hike in the pump price of petrol and other policies of the Federal Government.
The workers, who gathered at the Agodi Gate area, were led by a human rights activist, Femi Aborisade, who is the Vice Chairman of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond; the National Coordinator of All Workers’ Convergence, Andrew Emelieze, and other unionists.
The protesters, who were armed with placards condemning the Federal Government and its policies, said Nigerians had been further impoverished by the recent hike in the electricity tariff and petrol pump price.
They said corruption by government officials, among others, had made life unbearable for the masses while criticising lack of adequate funding for the education and health sectors.
Aborisade said ASCAB was against the agreement between the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and the Federal Government, saying labour leaders ought to have briefed workers before taking the decision.
Emelieze, who is a past Chairman of the TUC, described the leaders of the body and the NLC at the national level as traitors.
He said, “Although the NLC and the TUC suspended their strike action, we, in the ASCAB, AWC, NANS, Joint Action Front, artisans, traders and others decided to stage a protest against how the Federal Government is treating Nigerians. We also condemn the national NLC and TUC for betraying Nigerians at the last minute.”