The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, (SAN) has urged the Nigeria Labour Congress to shelve their proposed nationwide protest.

On February 16, the NLC announced a nationwide protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, in response to the economic challenges facing the country.

This decision followed the conclusion of a 14-day ultimatum issued to the federal government regarding the widespread hardship.

However, in a letter addressed to the counsel for the NLC, Femi Falana, (SAN) dated February 23, 2024, Fagbemi reminded the NLC of a subsisting order restraining the union from embarking on any industrial action.

The letter read, “I wish to draw your esteemed attention to the joint press release dated February 8, 2024, containing a 14-day ultimatum, jointly issued by the president of the NLC and president of the TUC as well as the notice of a two-day national protest issued by the NLC president on February 16, 2024.

“A cursory perusal of the above press release clearly shows that the planned protest is premised on or connected with alleged non-implementation of the 16-point agreement reached with the Federal Government on October 02, 2023, consequences of the hike in the price of PMS, and other associated issues.

It is therefore safe to assert again that the proposed cause of action by NLC is targeted at achieving objectives or promoting issues connected with a hike in fuel price and consequential matters of palliatives workers’ welfare, and associated government policies.

February 25, 2024

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