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Journalists to join NLC Nation wide workers strike

Newspaper houses may shut down.TV, Radio across may be off the air from Wednesday next week

By Kunle Olutade

The Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ may join the proposed Nationwide strike billed to commense on Wednesday next week.

This suggests that major newspapers, Radio and Television stations across Nigeria may be off the air from Wednesday next week.

It is the first time the NUJ is joining such a Nationawide strike since 1999

At an emergency Central Working Committee meeting of the Union convened online Saturday to discuss issues surrounding the decision by the Federal Government to remove Fuel Subsidy and the position taken by the Nigeria Labour Congress, the NUJ says the union will join the strike.

In a statement made available to Irohinoodua Shuaibu Usman Leman,
National Secretary said the NUJ will mobilise members to stay off work

NUJ said after presentations by the National President, Chris Isiguzo, and the National Treasurer Bamidele Atunbi on the position taken by NLC on the matter, members unanimously adopted the position of NLC on the issue.

“CWC reiterates the argument that although the removal of fuel subsidy will free allocations which can be channeled to the provisions of infrastructure and creation of additional jobs, the sudden removal could however lead to social unrests and protests as people may perceive Government as being insensitive to their plight.”

He said the CWC also notes that already there is an astronomical increase in the prices of petroleum products and high inflation which have drastically reduced the purchasing power of citizens.

Accordingly CWC directs all State Councils of the Union to mobilise members to withdraw their services and commence protests nationwide from Wednesday next week, 7th June, 2023, if the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNCPL) refuses to reverse the new price regime in the oil sector.

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