The Acting President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday in Abuja received and interacted with the leaders of the two national labour union who organised rallies to denounce the suffering in the country.
Among those who met with him are Tunde Aremu, Deputy NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, NLC President, and Baba Gaigama, TUC President and representatives of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).
Notable government officials at the interaction include Ibe Kachukwu, Minister of Petroleum, Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) organised the workers for protests in Lagos and Abuja against what they described as the worsening human condition.
They called on the federal government to formulate policies that would reduce hardships and improve the lives of workers.
The placard-carrying workers marched from Yaba, to Ikorodu Road in Lagos chanting solidarity songs.
The Vice-President of the NLC, Amaechi Asugwani, who addressed the protesters intermittently, appealed to government to bring change that would impact positively on the populace.
According to Asugwani, creating people-oriented policies will reduce the worsening poverty in the country.
He said that the rally was necessitated by the outcry of people, worried about the increasing cost of food, goods and services.
“The government should be sensitive to the plight of the people. It has not increased the salaries of workers and many companies have closed because of poor power supply,” the unionist said.
The protest attracted many activists, including maverick artist and former President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria, Charles Oputa, known popularly as Charlie Boy.
Hundreds of policemen in combat gear were also on hand to monitor proceedings.
In Abuja, some workers gathered at the Unity Fountain in the Federal Capital Territory, to commence the march against what they call the effect of poor governance.