DSS Appeals to Labour to Shelve Planned Nationwide Protest Against Economic Hardship

DSS Appeals to Labour to Shelve Planned Nationwide Protest Against Economic Hardship

The Department of State Services has appealed to Labour to shelve its planned nationwide protest against economic hardship and high cost of living, as well as the challenges of insecurity in the country. Last Friday, the organised labour announced its intention to organise protests for the 27 and 28 of February. According to the President

The Department of State Services has appealed to Labour to shelve its planned nationwide protest against economic hardship and high cost of living, as well as the challenges of insecurity in the country.

Last Friday, the organised labour announced its intention to organise protests for the 27 and 28 of February. According to the President of the NLC, the protests follow the Federal Government’s failure to fulfil its promises after the 14-day ultimatum to fulfil agreements mutually agreed in October 2023.

Protests against the economic hardship and high cost of living in the country have been held in some states, like Niger, Kogi, Oyo, and Kaduna, among others. The impending agitation from the labour union will further entrench people’s complaints against the current economic situation in the country.

According to its spokesman Peter Afunaya, the DSS requested that the plan be postponed in order to preserve public order and peace in a statement issued on Wednesday in response to the planned protests.

The DSS, though admitting to the Labour Union’s right to organise such protest, appealed to the union to pursue dialogue and negotiation rather than engaging in conducts that could heighten tensions in the country, adding that the protest can escalate crisis in the country.

Mr Afunaya further stated that the government is working “ assiduously with a spectrum of stakeholders to fashion out modalities to address the current difficulties. They should, therefore, be given the chance to handle the challenges at hand”.

“The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to plans by sections of the organised labour to stage protests between 27th and 28th February, 2024 in parts of the country over sundry economic issues. While the Service recognises such action as the legitimate right of the labour movement, it, however, urges the body to shelve the plan in the interest of peace and public order.

“The DSS further calls on parties to pursue dialogue and negotiation rather than engaging in conducts that could heighten tensions. This is more so that the Service is aware that some elements are planning to use the opportunity of the protest to foment crisis and by extension, widespread violence. The development, without doubt, will worsen the socio-economic situation across the country”, he said.

“It is common knowledge that all levels of Government are striving to ameliorate the prevailing economic condition and as such, should be given a benefit of the doubt. So far, appropriate authorities are working assiduously with a spectrum of stakeholders to fashion out modalities to address the current difficulties. They should, therefore, be given the chance to handle the challenges at hand.

“In this vein, citizens are encouraged to recognise that what remains unsolved in peace time, would not be attained in war-time. The timeless piece of the esteemed Poet, JP Clark, “The Casualties” is a resonating reminder to us on the possible dangers of escalated conflicts. In time of trouble, everyone will be a casualty.

“Also, ongoing wars in the global scene is a stark reminder of their catastrophic repercussions on the affected countries’ domestic environments thus, the critical need to protect and maintain our internal stability and unity. Those exploiting the fault lines in the country need to have a rethink as resort to negativities will endanger our peaceful coexistence with dire consequences.

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