MURIC urges NLC to con­sider ef­fect of move on poor peo­ple

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - ASUU/NLC STRIKES - By Chris Irekamba

MUS­LIM Rights Con­cern (MURIC) has urged or­gan­ised labour to con­sider the ef­fects of the planned strike on the poor, be­fore em­bark­ing on it.

Its di­rec­tor and founder, Prof. Ishaq Ak­in­tola, who made the ap­peal in a state­ment, cau­tioned against a strike ac­tion whose ma­jor vic­tims will be the poor peo­ple.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the same work­ers and in­no­cent mem­bers of their fam­i­lies are most likely to suf­fer the dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences of an all-out in­dus­trial ac­tion.

He said: “NLC has di­rected work­ers to stock their homes with food­stuffs in prepa­ra­tion for a long strike. But can Nige­rian work­ers sus­tain this? How much does an av­er­age Nige­rian worker have in his bank ac­count to en­able him re­serve food sup­plies at home?

“In the midst of per­va­sive poverty, we doubt much if the masses who have been asked by the NLC to stock food­stuffs at home will be able to af­ford it. The take­home pay of the av­er­age worker can­not take him home. So what is the quan­tity of food­stuffs he can af­ford to re­serve at home in prepa­ra­tion for the strike?”

Ak­in­tola ex­pressed con- cern about the likely ef­fect of a gen­eral strike, which could lead to the evac­u­a­tion of hun­dreds of sick Nige­ri­ans from hos­pi­tal beds?

“Will it not lead to an in­creased num­ber of deaths of ci­ti­zens who do not have the money to ac­cess pri­vate health fa­cil­i­ties? What will hap­pen to ac­ci­dent vic­tims dur­ing a strike? So­cio-eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties stand the risk of be­ing paral­ysed.

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