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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Strike: Partial Sucess Recorded In Imo State (UPDATE)


The strike embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in Imo State over the hike in price of petrol by the Federal Government  recorded partial success in the State

Commercial activities went on smoothly in the State without disruptions.. Banks attended to customers and residents went about their business unhindered.
Our correspondent who monitored the strike said primary and secondary school pupils were told to go home. This led to pupils roaming the streets of Owerri. Some banks opened for business though the Imo State NLC Chairman, Austin Chilakpu had  told a radio station in a phone in programme that such banks will be forced to close for business. This did not happen
.At the State Secretariat, a civil servant told this newspaper that she was asked to go home in compliance with the strike. The gates were  later flung open by unknown persons for work to commence. Federal workers carried out their duties smoothly.

 However, fewer cars were noticed on major roads and streets of Owerri. Most residents who spoke to INNONEWS.COM expressed confusion if the strike was ongoing or not, appealing to both the Federal Government and Labour to return to the negotiating table and resolve the dispute that has arisen over the hike in price of petrol

 The State NLC Chairman, Austin Chilakpu was quoted to have said the strike will effectively take effect tomorrow (Thursday, May 19, 2016).


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