Organised labour unions, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have announced their plan to shut down the economic activities of Imo State starting from (today) Wednesday.
The President of TUC, Festus Osifo, revealed this during an interview on Channels Television, stating that members of the labor unions have agreed to withdraw services in Imo State.
Osifo explained that services including airport operations, electricity services, and the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) would be shut down in Imo State.
This action is in response to the recent attack on Joe Ajaero, the NLC president in Imo State, which was described as barbaric.
“Both NEC of the Unions decided, with effect from this (Tuesday) night, that we will start the withdrawal of service across the board in Imo State. Flight operations, electricity, and the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol) will be shut down.
“Because for us, what was done in Imo State to Joe Ajaero was barbaric and fundamentally wrong against all norms and principles. Tomorrow, Thursday, Friday, and through the weekend. Then, if the government refuses to heed our demands, we will call for a total shutdown on Tuesday,” he said.
FrontView Africa reports that unions said they would embark on a nationwide strike on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.
Recall that the labour unions had threatened to embark on strike over an attack on NLC President Joe Ajaero in Imo State last week.
The development comes ahead of the Saturday, November 11, governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi states.