Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve its planned strike in protest against the fuel subsidy removal.
He said ‘this is not the time to go on strike’.
Governor Sanwo-Olu spoke yesterday after a post-inauguration thanksgiving service at the Cathedral Church of Christ.
The thanksgiving service marked the end of activities to celebrate the governor’s second term inauguration.
Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, deputy governor, Obafemi Hamzat and wife Oluremi Hamzat, said going on strike will neither address nor resolve any issue.
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He said: “This is not the time to go on strike. Recall that all presidential candidates said the first thing they will do is remove fuel subsidy. So what has changed? What has President Bola Ahmed Tinubu said or done that is different from what others would have done? The president has not even spent one week in office. We need to be very patient and reason together. Let us not make the issue about politics, but let’s support this man. We should allow him go and reflect.
“Strike will not resolve anything; it won’t address the issue. The point should be how to ensure a sustained turn around in our economy. The president mentioned better ways, and we started that in Lagos in January, and I hope other states can key into it. We don’t need to wait for the national government, we just need to reflect on what the challenges are in the country and seek ways to resolve them”
He appealed to the NLC not to turn the subsidy issue into a political one.
On the import of the thanksgiving service, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted that it was important to acknowledge God’s help to individuals, state and the country as a whole, and commit the second term into God’s hand.