THE chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State, Comrade Waheed Olojede, has warned the 36 state governments in the country to stop terrorizing Nigerian workers, saying the NLC has declared zero tolerance for workers’ maltreatment in the country.
Comrade Olojede delivered this warning on Tuesday while addressing NLC members and journalists, at the state secretariat, before the team proceeded on a solidarity rally to mourn members of the union killed in Nasarawa State, on the 29th of July 2016 .
According to Olojede, the death of Comrades Aliyu Abdullahi Umbugadu and Rabiu Mohammed of the Ministry of Education, Nasarawa State and the Nigerian Newsday, and others who sustained varying degrees of injuries, during the National Working Committee’s meeting with Governor Al Makura, was a sad day for all the labour unions in Nigeria.
He further affirmed the position of the leadership of the union that it “wants the whole world to know that we are resolved to keep peacefully protesting until the government of Nasarawa State and Nasarawa Police Command account for their actions.
“We are calling on Oyo State government and state governments alike to desist from terrorizing the workers of Nigeria. Any government that terrorizes worker should be guilty of any penalty of any Boko Haram man. Any operation from this angle should be termed as Boko Haramism.
“We protest the deployment of workers in Imo and Benue states from their profession to farms. You cannot deploy teachers to farm. Minister of Labour should ensure that these issues are addressed the same way job losses in the banking sector were addressed,” he said.