School kids attending public schools on the Lagos Mainland had to return to their homes today, Thursday, September 27, 2018, as the ongoing labour strike hits the Mainland.
Recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had directed all its members and affiliate unions to commence a nationwide strike on today.
This was after the organised labour held a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja yesterday, Wednesday, September 26, 2018, which did not produce the expected outcome on the ongoing struggle on the improved national minimum wage.
As a result of the strike, local government offices including Ikeja Local Government, Agege Local Government, Ojodu LCDA, Igando Ikotun LCDA, Alimosho Local Government among several others were shut with members of staff in their homes.
Similarly, public schools – primary and secondary – were totally shut across the Lagos Mainland with thousands of school kids who were oblivious of the strike seen wandering around their schools.
Around Ikeja, Agege, Ogba, Ikorodu and Yaba communities, school students who were set for the day’s activities had already dressed to attend classes. They were however asked to return home as their schools remain shut, and the teachers absent.
The same strike affected court rooms on the Lagos Mainland with all cases scheduled for hearing at the Ikeja High Court today not heard. The judiciary was paralysed as judges among other workers shut out of the complex and the administrative building locked.
In addition, some labour union members protested at the Government Secretariat in Alausa, Lagos Mainland, earlier today, in a bid to drive home their demands to the government.
Commenting on the incident, a government official who craved anonymity told InsideMainland that; “the strike is indefinite and it is high time we ensured that the government listen to our demands.
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While speaking on the strike, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said; “In compliance with this mandate, all workers and private sector at all levels across the country have been directed to comply.
“All public and private institutions, offices, banks, schools, public and private business premises, including filling station, are to remain shut till further notice.
The workers are demanding a new minimum wage of about N50,000 from the current national minimum wage of N18,000.