By Sabiu Abdullahi
Turmoil engulfed the National Assembly Complex today as workers joined the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in an indefinite nationwide strike, flouting a court order that attempted to restrain the unions.
The spark for this collective action traces back to an incident on November 1, 2023, when Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC, faced an assault in Imo State, prompting the unions to issue a nationwide strike notice last week.
As of 12:23 p.m. on Tuesday, the National Assembly Complex resembled a fortress, with all its gates securely locked.
Workers who arrived at the scene found themselves stranded, a testament to the strength of the protest.
Remarkably, despite the chaos at the entrance, plenary sessions in the House of Representatives persisted, creating a stark visual contrast between the determined protesters outside and the ongoing legislative business inside.