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“Do not go on strike that will cripple Nigeria Economy” – Imo CAN Chairman to NLC




Rev Eches Divine Eches, PhD.
Chairman, TEKAN/ECW Fellowship (Bloc) South East and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Imo State branch has called on the Nigeria Labour Congress to suspend their planned strike action.

According to him; “Joe Ajaero, the NLC President, is from my state, Imo. Can Mr. Ajaero honestly say that Imo State or any other State Government in South East can pay a minimum wage of ₦494,000 without collapsing?

“Even the Organised Private Sector cannot pay that amount and has publicly aligned with the government to say let’s start somewhere and grow steadily.

“Does Joe Ajaero want to collapse the Nigerian economy? If not, why is he making impossible demands? Even his friends that we know that owned business cannot and have never paid any of their staff ₦400,000.

“Does Mr. Ajaero want the Federal Government to push for a new minimum wage law that is unenforceable by all tiers of government and the organised private sector?

“He wants the minimum wage to increase by 1500%. Has Nigeria’s revenue expanded by 1500%? Does he want us to suffer Venezuelan and Zimbabwean style of hyperinflation?

“What will a national strike achieve if not national strife?

“Mr. Ajaero has called more strikes than the last four Presidents of the Nigerian Labour Congress combined. Something is wrong somewhere. If we are fighting for workers,let us fight with love for country and mature reasoning.Any wrong fight could sabotage the economy and make things worse for the workers and nation as a whole.

“I therefore wish to appeal to NLC leadership and the Federal Government to return to dialogue with an open and honest mind to avert any damage to our already fragile economy.”


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