The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo state chapter, Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, has lashed out at the Judiciary workers in the state for their failure to join the nationwide strike declared in protest of the increased fuel pump price.
Ademokun said this in Benin on Friday, May 20 while addressing workers of the ministry who shunned the strike and reported for duty.
He said the judiciary workers have never been part of the struggle in the state, which he said was why they were also ignored when they had problems with the state government.
“The judiciary has never been part of any struggle in Edo state. That is why when they fell victim, we ignored them. They have never been part of us and since the current chairman came on board, they have never joined us in this struggle. So we are not bothered. They said they are fighting for autonomy, let them keep fighting,” he said.
Ademokun encouraged all Nigerians to come out en-mass to participate in the strike action, noting that it bothers on issues that affect the generality of the public and such, should not be left for the NLC alone.
He said the NLC and members of the participating Civil Society Groups will continue with the strike until the Federal Government returns the price of petroleum to N86.
According to him, the NLC decided to move from street to street and ministries to sensitise the Edo State civil servants on the reason to join the strike action and also mitigate the threats of ‘no work, no pay’ rule of the State Government.
He said: “Workers are not discouraged at all. They are willing. Government has to weaken their spirit with this circular of ‘no work, no pay’ rule and that is why we are going from ministry to ministry to educate and tell them not to be afraid and that they should join us in the struggle.”
Ademokun further said they are aware of the pains school children are passing through due to the closure of schools as result of the strike, adding that it is better for them to suffer for it at the moment, with the aim of returning the fuel pump price to status quo, than be exposed to a long time suffering occasioned by government’s insensitivity to the plight of the Nigerian public.
“If we allow the pump price to remain like this, the children will suffer the more. Let them suffer for this moment. At least, tomorrow will be better for them,” he said.
Meanwhile, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Benin Branch, on Thursday, May 19 joined the nationwide strike declared by the NLC to protest the fuel pump price increase.
Chairman of the UNIBEN ASUU, Professor Julius Iyasele, in a report monitored on the television, said the Union cannot be indifferent to the strike because it is an affiliate of the NLC.
In the same Edo state on Wednesday, May 18 during the NLC strike action, a 15-year-old boy simply identified as Ikponmwosa, reportedly drowned while on a fishing expedition with his friends.