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Nigeria: Labour unions stage protests over economic hardship

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Isaac Kaledzi
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Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Labour unions in Nigeria have held street protests over current economic hardships, demanding government action.

Hiked interest rates, soaring food and fuel prices have worsened the economic plights of Nigerians.

The unions want the government to fix these issues immediately and the protest that started on Tuesday and expected to end on Wednesday is to put the spotlight on these concerns.

On Friday, some deaths were recorded with several others injured the food distribution centre in Lagos run out of stock, causing a stampede.

“The crowd became desperate and charged through our barricades in search of rice bags inside emptied containers,” a statement from the Nigeria Customs Service said.

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The government has resumed cash transfers to 12 million vulnerable households, but the unions want more.

At the protest demonstrators held placards that read among others “endhardshipnow”.

“Open all food storage silos and ensure equitable distribution across the country,” one of the demands in a letter circulated in the media.

 

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