The Niger State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) joined the nationwide strike on Monday, in Minna, the capital of Niger State.

The monitoring team visited and shut down various locations,  including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport Minna, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the Federal Secretariat complex, the Niger State High Court complex, the Niger State Board of Internal Revenue Services, the Niger State Urban Development Board, the Niger State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), Minna General Hospital, the Office of the Deputy Governor, the Niger State New Secretariat in Tunga, and the Niger State House Assembly Complex.

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This strike is a protest against the Federal Government’s failure to finalize the National Minimum Wage for its workforce.

The action aims to ensure compliance with the nationwide indefinite industrial action as directed by the union’s headquarters in Abuja.

The state Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Ibrahim Gana, along with the state NLC Executive Committee and other union executives, led a joint Labour Committee to monitor and evaluate the strike.

Speaking to journalists after the monitoring, TUC Chairman Comrade Ibrahim Gana expressed satisfaction with the high level of compliance by the organized labour union members across all sectors in the state.

He emphasized that the strike action by the NLC was for the benefit of Nigerians and assured that no effort would be spared to ensure the success of the ongoing struggle.

All sectors visited by NLC officials were shut down, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu International Airport, Maikunkele, the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Minna General Hospital, and the Federal Secretariat complex.

Gana noted that compliance was 99% across the state, with the exception of some commercial banks in Minna, where a few staff members turned up for skeletal services but were forcefully chased out by NLC officials.

However, some staff of the affected commercial banks, speaking anonymously, claimed there was no directive from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to open for business on Monday.

They denied any sabotage and defended the banks against the accusations leveled by NLC officials in Minna.