The Imo Elders Council has expressed strong disapproval of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for its recent actions leading to the halt of economic activities in the state. Speaking on behalf of the elders, Chris Anaywu addressed the media on Thursday, emphasizing that there was no crisis in Imo warranting such drastic measures.
Anaywu, a former Imo West Senatorial District Senator, criticized the NLC for obstructing people and businesses from accessing electricity and air travel facilities.
He highlighted the unprecedented nature of the measures taken, particularly the prohibition of individuals from utilizing the airport constructed through the collective efforts of the people of Imo and subsequently handed over to the Federal Government. Anaywu emphasized exploring diplomatic and dialogue-based solutions to address the situation.
The recent clash between the NLC and the Imo State government ensued following the alleged mistreatment of the union’s leader, Joe Ajaero, during a protest.
Imo State Tensions: Elders Disapprove NLC’s Economic Shutdown, Call for Diplomatic Resolution
The NLC had initiated a state-wide industrial action, citing the non-payment of salary arrears to workers by Governor Hope Uzodinma and alleged intimidation of the union’s local chapter, among other grievances.
Ajaero’s subsequent arrest by the Imo State Police further intensified tensions, with the NLC claiming that its president was subjected to police brutality. At the same time, the Imo command asserted that Ajaero was taken into protective custody to prevent potential mob actions.
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