More than 2,000 workers and members of the civil society organisations, on Wednesday, joined the nationwide protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Wednesday.
Also, there were over 10 patrol vehicles and over 30 security operatives drawn from the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Services (DSS), who accompanied the workers during the procession.
The peaceful procession began at about 10:12am from the NLC secretariat at Igboukwu Street, D/Line, Port Harcourt through some major streets in the state capital, including Kaduna Street, Okija Street, IKwerre Road and Station Road before arriving the Government House.
Addressing the workers before the commencement of the protest march, NLC Chairman in the state, Ikechukwu Onyefuru, said since May 29, 2023 when President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the removal of fuel subsidy, nothing has been done to cushion the effect of the government’s action.
Onyefuru said: “Since May 29, 2023 when President Bola Ahmed Tinubu announced the removal of fuel subsidy, nothing has been made available to Nigerians and Nigerian workers.
“That is why we are here today. As a people united in the faith that we will liberate ourselves. The Nigerian government must appreciate the fact that Nigerian workers are suffering.”