By: Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
It is day two of the strike action embarked upon by a faction of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Plateau state, as a result of the increase in pump price of petrol by the President Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
Day two of the strike action has witnessed total compliance by all government establishments in the state including government owned schools, as masses also join in the struggle.
You would recall that organized labour had gone on a nationwide indefinite strike yesterday, demanding a total revert of the new pump price of petrol N145, as announced by government to N86.
More so, you would recall that the health sector of the country is already grounded by the on-going strike by Doctors and other health workers nationwide.
Comrade Steve Aluko Daniel, the Director of Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) and a leader of CSOs in Plateau state, in a telephone interview with Reality Newspaper, from the field said, “As I speak to you, there is total compliance by all government offices, unlike yesterday were some staff even came to their offices to be sure the strike was holding, today, none of them have even come. So there is total compliance today”.
On the issue of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not been part of the strike, Aluko responded that, “Yes TUC was not part of the strike yesterday, but we are trying to resolve the issue as we have heard their side.”
A walk around the city of Jos by our correspondent shows that there is peace and calmness even as banks in Jos city, the capital of Plateau State, have closed their gates and doors to customers.