The Commerce Union Congress, TUC, has blasted the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi Esan for warning civil servants towards collaborating within the deliberate nationwide strike proposed by Organised Labour.
TUC Chairman in Kogi State, Comrade Ranti Ojo, whereas talking to DAILY POST on Sunday, 24 hours to the proposed nationwide protest, insisted that the Federal Authorities has no proper to threaten employees who’re combating for his or her rights within the nation.
Comrade Ojo lamented the poor lifestyle of many employees stressing that Nigeria is just not a banana republic individuals can’t communicate when their rights are infringed on.
He stated there isn’t a going again on Monday’s nationwide protest, admonishing employees throughout the 774 Native Authorities within the Nation to ignore the warning coming from the Head of Service.
Comrade Ojo defined that many high politicians revolted towards former President Jonathan when he elevated the pump value of petrol.
“They have been those that championed that protest castigating the administration of Johnathan for growing the worth of petrol. Now that they’re ruling, the rhythm has modified. The worth of petroleum at the moment and now’s doubled.
“The Head of Service is aware of she is just not utilizing her private cash to purchase gas in her automobile or pay the sunshine invoice. This isn’t what President Buhari promised us once we elected him in 2015. Nigerians are struggling, individuals are dying on daily basis. As a substitute of this authorities to provide you with palliatives that would cut back the struggling of the plenty because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re inflicting extra ache on the individuals.
“That is complete wickedness on the a part of this authorities. Supplied we’re not violating the regulation of the land, the nationwide protest and strike will maintain. Nothing can cease us. Right here in Kogi, we’ve mobilised our employees for the mom of all protests on Monday.
When requested if the strike would nonetheless maintain after a court docket order restraining the NLC and TUC from embarking on any type of industrial motion pending the listening to and dedication of a movement on discover, comrade Ojo stated” labour is but to obtain or see any court docket order to that impact.
“We don’t know what the court docket order entails. However one factor stands clear, we’re not in a banana republic. This nation is ruled by regulation and I do know the supreme regulation of the land is the Nigeria structure. I do know the structure has given not solely the labour group however all residents of this nation the appropriate to protest. It isn’t the primary time that is taking place.
“There was a time below former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Federal Authorities took the case to court docket. The Federal Authorities was represented by Afe Babalola (SAN), whereas the labour motion was represented by Femi Falana, (SAN). In that ruling by the supreme court docket, it was expressly said that the appropriate of residents to protest can’t be caged. The court docket additionally affirmed that the act of protest is lawful.
‘We’re standing below the platform of the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is binding on each particular person, together with Mr President and the Head of Service. We because the labour motion, we’re law-abiding. Like I instructed you, we’ve not been served, we’ve not seen any order and we don’t know what the ruling accommodates.
“On the state council, we take directives from the Nationwide secretariat. We’re mobilizing our members and we’re battle-ready to hit the streets on Monday to protest the satanic act of the current administration.