Planned protest: NLC hatching hidden agenda – Presidency

The Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, has accused the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) of hatching a hidden agenda, influenced by partisan considerations, after the labour union alleged that the federal government was plotting to scuttle its planned protest.

Onanuga, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the alleged attack, said the planned protest is illegal as it is against a subsisting order of court.

He said the NLC had a hidden agenda because most of the issues raised by labour for embarking on the protest had been addressed by the government.

 Ajaero in his statement titled, “As the State Prepares to Unleash Violence on us,” alleged that one of the groups being primed to attack the peaceful rallies is by a nebulous name, Nigeria Civil Society Forum (NCSF).

“NCSF is one of the emergency groups put together, funded, promoted and remote-controlled by government to cause violence against our members for electing to peacefully protest against the hunger in the land,” he said.

“We would want the State to know that the solution to our horrible economic situation and hunger is not by suppressing peaceful dissent or inflicting violence on peacefully protesting citizens,” he said.

Onanuga, however, insisted that the issues raised by the labour union had been addressed by the government, including the payment of a wage award of N35,000 monthly for six months.

He said the money had been paid to civil servants up till January 2024 and only that of February is outstanding.

The president’s aide said the federal government had inaugurated a 37-member Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage to review and come up with an acceptable and sustainable minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

He said the government had made substantial financial commitments on the provision of CNG buses and conversion kits.

According to Onanuga, the buses will be rolled out very soon to alleviate the transportation challenges being faced by Nigerians. (NAN)