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Happening Now: NLC Holds Protests Over Economic Hardship

The protesters carried placards with diverse inscriptions, calling on government to address the lingering hardship in the country.

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Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have started protests in several parts of the country over the biting economic hardship. 

Labour and Federal Government authorities had met Monday in a late push to stop the protests, but the meeting ended with no agreement reached between the parties.

As early as 7:00 am, protesters started gathering in different parts of the country, bearing placards and putting on the paraphernalia of the NLC.

10:27 am: In Abuja, the protesters are entering the National Assembly. Unlike previous protests, the gates of the NASS are thrown open, as the protesters enter without resistance from security personnel.

10:26 am: The NLC members in Niger State have joined their counterparts across the country to protest what they describe as rising inflation and hunger Nigerians a faced with.

The NLC chairman in Niger State Idris Lafene while leading members to the premises of the Niger State House of Assembly, said members continue to grapple with the negative consequences of banditry and other forms of criminalities.

While receiving them, the Speaker of the Niger State House of Assembly Abdulmalik Sarkindaji commended the protesters. He informed them that the state House of Assembly had also suspended plenary during the period of protest as a show of solidarity. The protesters move along major roads in Minna bearing different placards with inscriptions such as “Stop Hunger,” “Stop Robbing the Poor: Tax the Rich,” “Support Local Manufacturers” etc.

10:25 am: Members of NLC in Osun State are protesting against economic hardship in Nigeria. The protesters are gathered under the Olaiya Bridge in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

9:48 am: Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Imo State are gathering at the Labour House in Owerri the state capital for an onward march to the Government House to present their demands to the government. The Imo State Commissioner for Police Danjuma Aboki is on the ground with his men to ensure the protest is not hijacked and to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

9:46 am: Members of the NLC Bauchi State Council are set to begin protest. The crowd has improved significantly, and members are warming up to hit the streets any moment from now.

9:43: Protesters are thronging out of the NLC Secretariat in Abuja(Channels)

Source: Hardcore News 

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