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Osun residents indifferent as NLC two-day warning strike begins



Osun state residence

As the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC nationwide warning strike commenced on Tuesday, major residences, streets and businesses in Osogbo’s capital have remained quiet. 

Kemi Filani News observed that the business owners have yet to open their businesses for the day, and residents are still indoors. 

Recalls that NLC on 31 August had announced a Two-day warning strike over the hardship occasioned by fuel subsidy removal. 

Osun State

At Owode-Ede market, a popular market on the outskirts of the capital, Osogbo, traders and commercial transporters were observed going about their normal trading activities.

Commercial minibuses, known as Korope, were moving about conveying commuters to their destinations.

At the time of this report, the state civil servants are unsure if they will be going to work or not. 

Bolanle Bamitale, a civil servant who spoke to our correspondent, said she was doubtful about the strike.

She revealed that the organised labour in the state has kept mum on the development.

“I am still indoors. I am trying to decide whether to go out or stay indoors. I have called several of my colleagues, who are also unsure of any strike.”

A trader, Tope Abdulgafar, said she would open her shop since she was not part of labour.

“I will open my shop now. I don’t have any business with the strike. I am not part of labour. To survive, I must open my business every day.”

Kemi Filani News observed that the main gate of the Osun State Government Secretariat, Abere, was open. 

Commercial banks in Osogbo remained closed for business because the National Union Of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees, NUBIFIE, has issued a statement indicating that all banks will be shut down on Tuesday, five and Wednesday, 6, September 2023.

According to the union, it will join the NLC to protest the impact of the removal of fuel subsidies in the country.