Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) took to the streets of Kano on Wednesday in a massive but peaceful protest against the petrol subsidy removal.
The demonstrators converged at the Kano State Library complex before marching toward the Kano Government House gate, demanding that authorities suspend the fuel subsidy removal.
The protesters, singing solidarity songs while marching, carried placards with various inscriptions that said, ‘End fuel price increase’, ‘Fix local refineries’, and ‘Stop naira devaluation’.
NLC chair in Kano, Kabiru Inuwa, while briefing Governor Abba Kabir-Yusuf at the entrance of the Government House, called for immediate reversal of all anti-poor government policies, including the recent hike in fuel prices, school fees and value-added tax (VAT).
He also demanded fixing local refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna and releasing eight months of withheld salaries of university lecturers and workers.
Mr Inuwa, who commended the demonstrators for their peaceful conduct, also lauded security agencies in the state for giving them cover and maintaining peace.
Mr Yusuf, in his response, assured that he would deliver their demands to President Bola Tinubu. The governor explained that the Kano government was doing its best to sustain industrial harmony.
The governor, who also praised the protesters for their peaceful conduct, further assured them that the present administration would continue implementing policies that would improve the people’s lives.
Security personnel were deployed to strategic places across the state to ensure peaceful demonstrations.