May 19, 2016 - 12:11 AM EDT
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Zamfara Workers Resume As Early As 7am for Duty

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) planned nationwide strike against the recent hike in fuel price is defiantly shunned by government and private workers across Zamfara State.

LEADERSHIP observed that as early as 7.00 am, workers were seen freely attending to their normal official calling, while commercial vehicles were also plying major roads in the state capital, Gusau for passengers.

A civil servant working with the state ministry of Education, Bello Sani, was of the opinion that the action would not yield anything other than added burden to the poor workers, explaining that Ramadan fasting was fast approaching.

He said, "if we accept to go on the fruitless strike, we may end up missing our salaries in the time of need."

He said the NLC, if it is really concerned with the workers' welfare, should have earlier called for the strike action during the real moment of hardship, when petrol price rose to between N200-250 per litre, dismissing the NLC's decision as worthless and equally a show of hypocrisy, when the decision to hike the price was reached with union's collaboration.

Another worker with the ministry for local government, Mansur Isa, was of the opinion that a strike action is not the solution, because, according to him, the Federal Government has no option in the face of the prevailing harsh economic downturn.

He added that, "government needs fund to finance development, while the global market for crude oil is unfavourable to the economy."

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Source: News (May 19, 2016 - 12:11 AM EDT)

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