Lagos Shut Down As Workers Comply With NLC Directive

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Governor Akinwumi Ambode
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Commercial activities at major national institutions in Lagos were on Thursday paralysed, as their workers ensured total compliance with the seven-day nation wide strike action declared by the organised labour.
The  State Secretariat complex, Alausa, Ikeja, Banks and the Ports located in Apapa area of the state were all shut down to business activities.
Our correspondent, who visited Apapa observed that the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), a strategic arm of the NLC successfully paralysed all business activities at both the Apapa Port Complex and the Tin Can Island Ports Complex, baring port users from entering except the Customs officers who loitered around.
All  the banks were virtually under lock and key, except for the functioning Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs), which offered customers the opportunity to make withdrawal.
Schools, both public and  private were not excepted from the sit at home order, as teachers also observed total compliance.
At Government College, Eric Moore Road, Surulere, all the students who reported were sent back by the gateman, who informed that the teachers were on strike.
Similarly at Nancy Private School, Baale Close Badia Ijora, which comprises of creche, nursery, primary and secondary schools, all the scholars were asked to return home on arriving at the gate.
Speaking with our correspondent on the issue, a dock worker comrade Segun Medunoye, said all the dock workers are in total support of the industrial action, saying it will help to increase their their home pay.
Also commenting on the sit at home order, a maritime expert Ismail Aniemu described the action of the organised labour as a welcome development.
Inspite the high cost of living, ANIEMU asked when last has the wage or salary of the workers increased.
However, it was a different stroke at major markets as traders were fully on ground selling their wares.
All the markets on the Lagos Island, Ijora, Oyingnbo, Agbara visited by our correspondent were opened to commercial activities, including hawkers in the major roads.
Traffic on the road was however very light, even though petrol stations remained opened, dispensing products.
The three labour groups: Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and United Labour Congress (ULC) had directed workers to proceed on a seven-day warning strike effective from Thursday to effect the new national minimum wage as promised.

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