The Senate has reacted to the ongoing nationwide protest by organized labour, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The Abuja chapter of organized labour, on Wednesday, stormed the National Assembly complex and, in the process, broke down the entrance gate.
Anti-Poor People Policies
The protesters had trooped out in their hundreds from the Unity Fountain in Abuja to the NASS Complex to express their grievance over what it described as the “anti-poor” people policies of the President Bola Tinubu administration.
Upon their arrival at the NASS Complex, the protesters pulled down the first gate of the Complex after security agents attempted to stop them and marched to the premises forcefully.
The Senate’s Reaction
Due to the development, the Senate, led by President Godswill Akpabio, immediately entered into a closed-door session and eventually resolved that the red chamber had set up a three-man committee to meet with the protesters at the National Assembly.
Senate Chief Whip Ali Ndume led the committee set up to dialogue with protesting unions.
The Senate also resolved that it will, in the shortest possible time, meet with the NLC and TUC leadership to find an amicable resolution to the current impasse.
Ndume, alongside two other lawmakers — Senator Ireti Kingibe and Senator Tony Nwonye — later met with the protesters at the National Assembly.
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The Senators were seen engaging Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Joe Ajaero; and his TUC counterpart, Festus Osifo.