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Just in: Get set - Nigerian student body sends out message as NLC prepares for strike in less than 12 hours

- Students and tertiary institutions would be affected by the planned industrial action by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

- The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is already mobilising its members in favour of the mass action

- Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), is asking members of the group to stay away

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The strike planned for Monday, September 28, may affect tertiary institutions as the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has declared support for the action.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it is going ahead with the planned action and NANS is already mobilising in reaction to the recent increase in the price of petrol and electricity tariff.

The Nation reports that the position of NANS was made known by the association's spokesperson, for the south-west zone D on Sunday, Kazeem Olalekan Israel, September 27.

According to Israel, all JCC chairmen of the NANS in the southwest region are already on notice and asked to mobilise students for the action.

Fuel price: Nigerian students mobilises in support of national strike

The NLC has scheduled a national strike for Monday, September 28 Credit: The Nation
Source: UGC

The report also quoted Kowe Odunayo Amos, the coordinator of NANS Zone D, as saying:

“Today, the people are living in despair and there is high cost of living. Low standard of living with the government doing absolutely nothing to ease the clear hardship we have in the land. There is no proper adjective to employ in describing the increment which PMS pump price has received in the last three months.”
“It is based on the foregoing we declare our solidarity and full support… We call on all Civil Society Organisations both on and off campuses to unite and mobilise millions of Nigerians to the streets on Monday.”

Meanwhile, Alhaji Suleiman Yakubu, National Public Relations Officer, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), has released a statement asking members of the body to dissociate themselves from the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) strike.

Yakubu said this during an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja while reacting to the planned strike by the organised labour slated for Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quotes Yakubu as saying:

“IPMAN will not be part of the strike the NLC is calling, since our Association is not part of NLC.
“Therefore, we have already directed our members to continue doing there normal business while NLC and TUC are doing there strike.” he said.

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Yakubu pleaded with Nigerians to cooperate with the government in ensuring that the economy grows better and stronger.

Legit.ng had reported that despite a meeting between Femi Gbajabiamila of the House of Representatives and the NLC, its officials say they would continue with the strike.

Civil societies kick, plan mass action against fuel price hike | Legit TV

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