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Banks and petrol stations in Lagos ignore NLC’s warning strike as maritime workers shut down seaports nationwide

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Workers in some areas of Lagos were seen going about their businesses despite the two-day warning strike to begin September 5, 2023, directed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Some banks and filling stations in the Lekki Phase 1 area of the state on Tuesday were open to customers, and people were seen commuting in many commercial buses that plied the area.

However, the Lagos zonal manager of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Tayo Aboyeji, said union members complied with the NLC directive.

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Aboyeji said, “The workers are obeying, and we are monitoring the situation.”

Also, the General Secretary of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, Mohammed Sheikh, said the workers were complying with the directive.

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“Sometimes, even the monitoring team cannot cover every place at the same time. Maybe before the end of today or by tomorrow, you are likely going to see the full impact. However, all the necessary things to make it effective have been put in place,” Sheikh said.

Meanwhile, the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) has shut down all the nation’s seaports in compliance with the two-day warning strike declared by the NLC.

President-General of the MWUN, Comrade Adewale Adeyanju, said all the ports across the country are currently not operating due to the strike.

“We have complied with the NLC strike action to embark on strike, and it is total. As I am talking to you, no cargo evacuation process is taking place at all the ports in the country.

“The two busiest ports of Apapa and Tin-Can have been shut down. Lekki Port is shut down. Onne, Warri, and Calabar ports are under lock and key.

“Nothing is happening at these ports due to the strike. We are a member of the NLC and have complied fully with the strike directive,” Comrade Adeyanju told the Nigerian Tribune.

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The NLC, on September 1, announced that workers would go on a two-day warning strike.

NLC president Joe Ajaero had said the decision was taken at its National Executive Council meeting with the possibility of a “total shutdown” after 14 days.

The union accused the Federal Government of insincerity, lack of commitment to negotiations and failure to implement some of the resolutions from previous meetings with the government.

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