NLC to hold Workers’ day celebration on Abuja streets as FG blocks use Eagle Square

Our reporter/ The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the federal government of denying it the use of the Eagle Square to mark the Workers’ Day celebration scheduled for May 1.

Emmanuel Ugboaja, the NLC general secretary, who made the disclosure in a statement, said the celebration will be held on the streets of Abuja to deepen its reconnection with the people.

“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,” the NLC said.

“Do remember that this is a venue we have been using in the past decades for our May Day celebrations.

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“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.

“This is so that we can deepen our reconnection with the people who are our true partners in the struggle for a free society.”

The NLC said the take-off point will be at its national headquarters by 8:00am.
The NLC added that all affiliates are to assemble at the Paschal Bafyau labour house on Monday, from where they will proceed on a rally around Abuja.

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He assured workers of NLC’s continued commitment to its traditions and values.

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