SWITZERLAND, MAY 13(TODAY’S ECHO) – A protest by members of the Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) against the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige for refusing to inaugurate the board of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund(NSITF) turned bloody on Monday after the protesters were attacked.
The nationwide protest, kicked off 9 am on Monday, May 13 at the Labour house in the Nigerian capital, Abuja with members of affiliated unions in attendance.
According to reports, the workers were attacked by suspected thugs at the minister’s house in Asokoro.
President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, described the scene as barbaric.
He said, ‘The act today is barbaric; where maximum force has been used on workers. And live bullets have been used on them. Whereas workers went with bare hands but you have seen what has happened.
“They were carrying weapons and arms. And as I talk to you, we have four people in the hospital apart from those that were injured by bullets. You can see all of them are here and clearly we are going to invite our largest organ by tomorrow.
“We are also going on a larger scale of action. Instead of protecting us, he is against us. Therefore we have nothing to do with him and under the circumstance, except the president intervenes, workers are going to down tool.
“That is why we are inciting our central working committee. It has never been so bad where the ministry of Labour will bring thugs to attack workers. That has never been heard.