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Commercial Activities Halted in Uyo as NLC Begins Warning Strike

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Commercial Activities Halted in Uyo as NLC Begins Warning Strike
Commercial activities in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, came to a standstill as commercial banks and other public institutions joined the two-day warning strike embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The strike action, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the economic hardship facing Nigerians following the removal of fuel subsidy, saw the closure of banks and the grounding of civil service activities in the state secretariat.

Commercial activities in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, came to a standstill as commercial banks and other public institutions joined the two-day warning strike embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The strike action, aimed at finding a lasting solution to the economic hardship facing Nigerians following the removal of fuel subsidy, saw the closure of banks and the grounding of civil service activities in the state secretariat.

Major commercial banks along notable roads such as Wellington Bassey Way, Abak, and Aka were shut, with customers left with the option of using ATMs or being prevented from entering banking premises. Banks affected by the strike included Access Bank, First Bank, United Bank for Africa, Zenith Bank, Fidelity Bank, Polaris Bank, Heritage Bank, Ecobank, and Suntrust Bank.

The impact of the strike was also felt in the State Secretariat, which was rendered inactive as the NLC locked the gates. Private cars and Union buses were used to barricade the entrance, effectively grounding regular civil service activities.

Education institutions were not left out, as the University of Uyo also participated in the strike. The town campus of the institution, which is usually buzzing with academic and social activities, was deserted.

Professor Ashong Ashong, the former Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Uyo Branch (ASUU-UUB), confirmed his participation in the strike. As a unionist, he emphasized his support for the NLC's cause.

The State Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Sunny James, addressed the striking workers and called for strict compliance with the directives from the National body. He highlighted the need to address the economic hardship facing Nigerians since the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government.

Judging the strike as successful, James stated that the NLC had mobilized all units to participate. Responding to the absence of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the strike, he made it clear that there was no interaction between the two unions.

As the warning strike unfolds, it remains to be seen how these actions will impact the government's policies and efforts to find a common ground with labor unions. The repercussions of the strike are being felt by citizens and businesses alike, as commercial activities in Uyo grind to a halt.

This warning strike serves as a strong statement from the labor force, demanding attention and action from the government to alleviate the economic burden faced by the Nigerian people. The outcome of this strike will likely influence subsequent negotiations between the NLC and the government.

It is evident that the NLC and its affiliate unions are determined to fight for the welfare of the Nigerian worker, and their message is clear: the removal of fuel subsidy must not come at the expense of the working class. As workers in Uyo continue to stand together in solidarity, the government will face mounting pressure to address their concerns and find a way forward.

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