Plan peaceful protest on September 8
The organized union on Thursday raised the alarm over what it described as the birth of a new breed of authoritarianism, industrial tyranny and state-sponsored violence and terrorism against workers and citizens by the Rivers state government.
The president of the Nigerian Labor Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and his counterpart of the Trade Union Congress, TUC Quadri Olaleye, in a joint press conference, said that there was a growing act of despotic government in Rivers State under the administration and oversight of Governor Nyesom Wike.
The two labor leaders said the unions have no choice but to embark on a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on September 8, 2020, adding that the protest was to draw the world’s attention to violations of the workers and commerce. union rights in the state.
According to them, “This is to alert Nigerians to the birth of a new progeny of authoritarianism, industrial tyranny, and state-sponsored violence and terrorism against workers and citizens by the Rivers State government.
“The events of the past few weeks confirm to us and to many upright-thinking Nigerians that there is a full flowering of despotic government in Rivers State under the administration and supervision of Mr. Nyesom Wike.
“The attack on the NLC leaders in Rivers State on Thursday, August 27, 2020, was only the hint of a well-calculated attempt by the Rivers State government to gut, imprison and decimate labor leadership in the state. by Rivers. Grand design is muzzling the voice of Rivers State workers facing a despicable industrial odyssey.
“My fellow citizens, Nigerian workers have never had it so bad under a state governor like Mr. Nyesom Wike, who now sees himself as a demigod. As the demigod he thinks he is, Mr. Nyesom Wike has no qualms about the rule of law or basic standards of decency.
“He has arrogated and appropriated the powers of the executive, the judiciary, the legislature, and the vicious powers of non-state clandestine operatives who openly identify as thugs loyal to Mr. Wike.
“Nigerian workers are not cowed and never will be cowed by the cowardly actions of Mr. Nyesom Wike to cow our voices. Workers will never succumb to your scare tactics. We will continue to demand that the rights of our workers in the workplace, their safety and the sanctity of their lives are always respected by both government and private sector employers. We will never evade this sacred mandate.
Nigerian workers under the auspices of the NLC and TUC and our civil society allies in the exercise of our constitutional rights will embark on a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on September 8, 2020. The protest is for draw the world’s attention to violations of labor and union rights in Rivers State. “