Strike: Sokoto workers disregard union’s directives

Workers in Sokoto State on Tuesday defied the directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), proceeding with their official duties despite the nationwide indefinite strike call.

Routine operations were conducted at the federal and state ministries, banks, and schools.

Ismail Dayyabu, a classroom teacher, said they were not notified of the strike and were only aware of a court order restraining the union from striking.

“We can do nothing but wait for proper communication. That’s why we went to work as usual, with no official engagements halted,” Mr Dayyabu explained.

Similarly, Bala Dankasuwa, a trader, said he was ignorant of any strike action, emphasising that their leaders had yet to communicate such a decision.

Meanwhile, the NLC and TUC, Sokoto State, chapters have assured their commitment to enforcing total compliance with the nationwide strike in the state.

Hamisu Hussain, the state NLC secretary, acknowledged the delayed communication of the strike information to workers in the state.

He explained, “Due to the delayed notice, many workers in banks and ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) could not join the strike today.

“However, I can assure you that by tomorrow, we will have total compliance as we have notified all of them. No excuse will be accepted.” 

Bello Garba, the state TUC secretary, condemned the alleged assault on the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, during the union’s rally in Imo.

Mr Garba warned that such incidents could recur nationwide if not properly addressed while assuring the strike will be enforced on all workers in the state.