Godswilol Akpabio Appoints Committee to Address Organised Labour Protesters

An emergency closed-door session was convened by the President of the Senate, Godswilol Akpabio, in response to the arrival of protesters led by the Organised Labour at the National Assembly. The protesters had gathered to express their grievances against the anti-people policies of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government, spearheaded by President Bola Tinubu, which have resulted in severe hardship in the country.

During the closed-door session, a committee was appointed to engage with the protesters and address their concerns. The Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, representing Borno South Senatorial District in the 10th National Assembly, was appointed as the head of the committee. He was joined by Senator Ireti Kingibe and Senator Tony Nwonye to form the three-man committee.

The protesters, representing the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by President Joe Ajaero and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by Festus Osifo, along with other affiliates of the Organised Labour, had already pulled down the first gate of the National Assembly Complex as part of their nationwide mass action.

The main focus of their protest was the rash removal of subsidy from petrol without adequate measures to ensure local production and price control. This policy has led to unprecedented hardship and suffering for Nigerians.

In response to the urgent situation, the Senate President and the lawmakers decided to initiate dialogue with the protesters through the appointed committee. The committee, led by Ali Ndume, subsequently met with the protesters at the National Assembly to discuss their concerns and seek a resolution to the pressing issues.

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