By Our Reporter, Delta State
For trying to sell out Delta state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan’s programmes to protesting Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Unions Congress (TUC) and their affiliates who protested to government house Asaba, on Monday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay flanked by other government officials received a thunderous boo from the protesters.
The protest which lasted several hours grounded economic and government activities in Asaba, Delta state capital following the nationwide strike and protest embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Unions Congress (TUC) and their affiliates across the country.
In Asaba, public and government institutions were all shut down as early as 7am when the state chapter of NLC, TUC, civil society, NBA amongst others marched through the only main road, Nnebisi road in Asaba chatting solidarity songs, warning President Goodluck Jonathan to revert the fuel subsidy removal or be faced with continued protest and shutting down of public and government institutions.
The placard carrying protesters with the inscriptions “Jonathan has disappointed Nigerians, Fight corruption GEJ, Freedom cometh by struggle, Boko Haram and corruption are the problems of Nigeria not fuel subsidy.” Lamented the posture of the President and vowed to continue with the struggle of liberating Nigerians from the shackles of what they called tyranny.
At the state government House, the acting chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade William Akporeha flanked by other union leaders told government that Nigerians and the masses are suffering and until the fuel subsidy removal is reversed by President Jonathan, there shall be no peace
Other union leaders who also spoke said there are no good roads, no electricity stressing that the subsidy removal was unacceptable to Nigeria masses and called on the Federal government to revert to the old pump price of #65 per a litre.
But addressing NLC and others on behalf of governor Uduaghan, Secretary to the state government, Comrade Ovuozorie Macaulay flanked by government officials got a thunderous boo when he said “Ahead of the subsidy removal, his Excellency, Dr. Emmanuel Udughan has launched another Urban transit to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal.” And before he could finish the thunderous boo rented the air.”
He however commended labour with the matured manner they conducted themselves and promised to carry their message to the appropriate quarters.