Thursday 27 September 2018

Striking Workers Paralyse Activities At Federal Secretariat

The industrial strike action declared by the leadership of the NLC has taken its toll on the Federal Secretariat, Abuja. 

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Striking workers on Thursday paralysed activities in all the offices at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja. A Punch correspondent who observed activities at the secretariat located in the Three Arms Zone reported that most workers did not report for work.
A few of the workers who reported for work were however seen sitting idly at the gates of the complexes in the secretariat. Security was also beefed up at the gates to forestall breakdown of law and order.
Some of the offices affected were the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health among others. At the complex housing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the flag of the Nigeria Labour Congress was hoisted on the main gate which remained closed to workers.
The big car park located behind the Eagles Square meant being used by workers was virtually empty. Those who sell N100 ticket for those who park their cars inside the car park were however on duty. “Hunger will kill me if I should go on strike,” one of them told a correspondent who asked why he did not join the industrial action. The industrial action also affected petty traders who are usually patronised by the workers.
Most hit were food vendors who have their shops inside the car park. When our reporter visited the shops, only a handful of them were operational. Those who were operating were only offering skeletal services. “We only cooked small food since we heard about the strike before now.

We did not cook any ‘swallow,’ we only cooked rice. “In fact, since others are closing, we are also planning to leave now" 
Amarachi, an attendant in one of the food shops told a correspondent. Despite the industrial action, however, military and para-military officials were seen taking part in the rehearsal for the Independence Day Parade at the Eagle Square.

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