Protests against what they see as anti-people policies brought on by the withdrawal of the gasoline subsidy spread through the streets of Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, with members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ekiti State chapters, joining the national organization.
The demonstration by the unions began at the NLC Secretariat and ended at the entrance of the Ekiti Government House.
Songs of unity were sung by the demonstrators as they marched with signs reading things like “Reduce the cost of governance now!” Some of the chants included, “Save the masses from poverty and hunger,” “Stop importation of fuel, revive our refineries,” “Nigerian masses are suffering,” and “our meagre salaries can not afford to take care of our transport fee to and from work.”
The heads of the NLC and TUC in Ekiti State, Kolapo Olatunde and Sola Adigun, respectively, called for an end to “anti-people’s policies” such price increases for essentials like gasoline and food.
Repairing refineries at Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna; paying back eight months’ worth of salaries withheld from university professors and staff; etc.
Representative of Governor Biodun Oyebanji, Abibat Adubiaro, Secretary of the State Government
and Head of Service Bamidele Olugbenga Agbede promised to relay the unions’ requests to the right people.
You may recall that the demonstration spread throughout all 36 states and even to Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Officers were present to maintain law and order and prevent any potential chaos.