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May Day Celebration To Hold Under Tight Security

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As the country prepares to celebrate this year’s May Day, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the umbrella body for Nigerian workers, has lamented the lingering insecurity in the country as well as rising the level of poverty.

The celebration for this year’s event is also expected to hold under tight security as the NLC has warned those attending not to carry any bags, while vehicles should be parked at least 200 metres away from the venue.

The union noted that this year’s event is coming at a time when the country is under attack from insurgents, while also urging the government to take measures to end the siege.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, NLC vice president, Comrade Lucy Offiong, who is the chairperson of the 2014 May Day committee said the theme for this year’s event has been, tagged “Building Enduring Peace and Unity: Panacea for Sustainable National Development.”

President Goodluck Jonathan, members of the cabinet as well as Senate president and members of the diplomatic community are expected to grace this year’s occasion.

She said: “We intend to use this occasion to re-commit the labour movement in Nigeria to our collective desire for peace and unity without which our search for sustainable development will remain elusive.

“Also we hope to use the May Day to reiterate our position that there is an intrinsic link  between prevailing insecurity and poverty which has been engendered by corruption, mismanagement of the economy by rapacious greed of the ruling class who have continued to churn out policies in the interest of capital to the detriments of the interest of the working people and other poor Nigerians. There is need to recognise the significance of shared prosperity as a basis for enduring peace and sustainable national development.”

Speaking further on the insecurity in the country, she said, “Everyone must feel obliged to render any kind of assistance to security kind of assistance to security agencies that will lead to the apprehension of those responsible for these attacks by monitoring our neighborhoods at home, at work and even the roads”

The NLC also called on security agencies to do all it can to ensure that girls abducted by insurgents in Chibok, Borno state are rescued and returned to their parents.

Article Credit: Leadership

Updated 5 Years ago

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