The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has berated the action of the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, to have hired some suspected thugs to disrupt their peaceful protest in Abuja.
Disclosing this on Wednesday was the NLC leader, Ayuba Wabba, revealed that Ngige’s inability to commission the board of National Social Insurance Trust Fund with Frank Kokori as the Chairman led to the mass protest.
He also said that four of their members have been injured as a result of life bullets and other weapons used against them.
Wabba, promised that they would regroup tomorrow (Thursday) regardless of whatever action that would be taken on his members except President Muhammadu Buhari
“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.
“It is on record and everybody has seen. Clearly, that is our position and now we are here to demonstrate in his office also that we are not happy and Mr president must act on this immediately. Workers voted and supported him. Ngige cannot in any circumstance assume the power of the president. That cannot be the case.”