Kebbi State Governor Nasir Idris has pledged swift action to address the concerns of workers who recently staged a peaceful protest against removing fuel subsidies, leading to economic hardships and increased transportation costs.
On Wednesday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) organized a peaceful protest in Birnin Kebbi, gathering at the Cabinet Office near Haliru Audu Stadium. They were granted permission to march to Deputy Governor Umar Argungu’s office, where they presented a protest letter.
During the meeting, NLC chairman Kilani Abdulwaliyu commended the governor for initiating various contracts to benefit the public. However, he highlighted the challenges faced by workers after the fuel subsidy removal. He urged the state government to take action to improve workers’ salaries, leave grants, transportation facilities, and timely distribution of relief measures.
The governor, represented by Deputy Governor Umar Argungu, addressed the unions and assured them that the state government would prioritize the welfare of workers and take necessary steps to address their grievances.
Regarding palliatives, the governor informed the unions that the state had yet to receive any from the federal government. However, he assured them that a committee would be formed to distribute the palliatives as soon as they were received.
Governor Nasir Idris acknowledged the unions’ peaceful protest and expressed his commitment to fulfilling their demands promptly.