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NLC Opts for Rally Around Abuja in Commemoration of May Day

… FG Unceremoniously Revokes Eagle Square Permit

The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed its affiliates to converge at its national headquarters on May 1st, 2023 from where it will embark on street celebration to mark this year’s Workers’ Day.

This is contained in a circular signed by the General Secretary of the body, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja which it sent to all its affiliates and made available to the press on Saturday in response to the Federal Government’s sudden withdrawal of the permit to use the Eagle Square which it had granted the Union much earlier.

As far as the Workers’ umbrella body is concerned, the decision to withdraw the permit is mischievous and might be indicative of a new hostile disposition of the government towards labour.

“As you must have been aware of the last minute questionable action of the Government at the centre to deny us the use of the Eagle Square for this year’s May Day celebrations three days to the event despite having granted us the permit months ago.

“Do remember that this is a venue we have been using in the past decades for our May Day celebrations. The sudden decision to withdraw the permit may be laden with mischief and actually a sign of what is to come in the near future. It is a call to all of us to be prepared.

“As a result of this unfortunate development, we want to inform you that we have decided to shift the venue for the celebration to the Streets of Abuja so that we can deepen our reconnection with the people who are our true partners in the struggle for a free society.

“Take-off point shall be at the National Headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) by 8:00 AM. All affiliates are to assemble on the grounds of the Paschal Bafyau Labour House on Monday the 1st of May from where we shall proceed on a rally around Abuja.

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