NLC Strike Cripples Public Sector Services In Niger State

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Governor Sani Bello of Niger State
By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Day one of the industrial action called out by the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) for all public work sector in Niger State was a success.
Official activities in the public sector were roundly crippled as offices and entrance gates to offices, schools and other places were shut against thoroughfares and trespasses.
The NLC officials in the state had ensured compliance by all even as senior and management officials in some public run services reported for work notwithstanding the warning strike embarked upon midnight on Wednesday.
As early as 7:30 in the morning on Thursday, a special task force of the NLC had stormed the state secretariat and other structures which houses government’s establishments  to enforce compliance with the strike called.
Those who were assigned to ensure strict compliance, kept the gates to such structures under lock and keys all day.
Officials of the labour unions, with their affiliates prevented all movements into the state’s Secretariat complex and the old Secretariat which now houses several government agencies and extra ministerial bodies.
Security men and guards who attempted to stop the labour activists were rough handled to submission by determined NLC’s officials who forced them to vacate their duty posts.
Our Correspondent who went round the state’s capital, reports that government offices, public schools, and the state owned media organisations were closed down in compliance with the NLC’s directives.
A handful of money deposits banks within Minna metropolis operated minimal services to customers who had cash to deposit while others complied with the strike.
Workers in private companies and private schools in the state did not participate in the strike. as they ran their services unperturbed.

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