The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has criticized the Ministry of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for cancelling the use of the Eagle Square arena in Abuja for hosting this year’s Workers’ Day celebration. The NLC called on Nigerian workers to brace for tougher challenges, as they expected no signs of the hardship and deprivation in the country abating.
The Federal Government declared Monday, May 1, as a public holiday to mark Workers’ Day. The NLC General Secretary, Comrade Emma Ugboaja, expressed the union’s dismay over the sudden withdrawal of permission to hold the May Day rally at the usual venue, the Eagle Square, in Abuja.
The Minister of the FCT, Abdullahi Adamu, had cited rehabilitation works for the May 29 presidential inauguration as the reason for the cancellation. However, the NLC described the government’s decision as a sign of contempt and disdain for the workers and warned of tougher times ahead. Ugboaja said that workers have been able to keep the country going, despite incompetent leadership.