NLC Strike Looms In Katsina As NOA, Coalition of Civil Society Organisations Kicks Against It
Following the directives of the National Head quarter of the NLC that it will ‘shut down’ Nigeria come Wednesday 18th May if the federal government did not reverse its removal of subsidy policy, mix reactions continue to trails.
As in many states, Katsina State chapter of the NLC has vowed to join the strike. The chairman of the Katsina State chapter of the NLC Alhaji Tanimu Saulawa stated this during a live program of one of the FM stations in the State this morning. The chairman said the congress will join in the strike baring any late minute decision by its members that according to him will meet today to deliberate their National Body directives.
He also stated that contrary to the believe of many, the NLC was not duly consulted by the Federal government before taking its decision on the matter. He further decried the current hardship being experienced by workers across the nation and argued that the current fuel subsidy removal will worsen the situation.
However, in his contribution to the program, the Chairman of the Coalition of Civil Society organisation in the state -Malam Bashir Ruwan Godiya said the civil society organisations in the state are totally behind the federal government decision of removing the subsity.
According to him, not withstanding the current economic hardship in the country, he believe removing the subsidy is the only viable option now since the subsidy is benefiting only the few ‘cabals’ in the country.
Also on the program was the Director Katsina National Orientation Agency (NOA) -Alhaji Armaya’u Liti Rimaye who also pleaded with the NLC chairman to shield their planned strike as it will hit the common man harder. He enjoined them to engage in dialogue with the government rather than strike which will further cripple the economy.