From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
The Plateau State government says it will not allow the planned solidarity protest organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) scheduled to hold today, being Tuesday in the state.
NLC will be protesting nationwide in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands for academic activities to resume in public universities.
A press release issued Monday night in Jos, by the Commissioner, for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, noted that the Plateau state government shall enforce the existing ban on protest in the state.
The statement read in part: “The State Government is aware that workers have a right to air their grievances, the State however, wishes to remind them that the ban on any form of procession under whatever guise is still in force in Plateau State.
“It is in this light therefore, that the State Government wishes to advise against the holding of the planned protest as it will be in contravention of the existing ban.
“The Government thereby advises that such decision if contemplated by the State Chapter of the NLC be rescinded in the interest of peace and security of Plateau.
“This is more so that Government will not fold its arms and watch our hard earned peace currently being enjoyed across the State jeopardised in an event that such solidarity protest is hijacked by hoodlums for pecuniary and other negative purposes.
“The office of the Head Of Civil Service, has been directed to therefore act appropriately and dialogue with Labour and its officials in the State.
“Similarly, the Executive Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Simon Bako LALONG, KSGG has directed the security agencies to be on alert in an event of any eventuality and also ensure compliance with the relevant ban that prohibits such procession.
“Government enjoins all law abiding citizens to go about their normal duties without any fear of molestation as the security of their lives and property is hereby guaranteed.”
It will be recalled that, the national secretariat of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had last week directed all state chapters to join its planned protest in solidarity with the ongoing ASUU strike this Tuesday to press on the federal government to meet the union demands and reopen universities for studies.