A faction operating under the banner of the National People with Disabilities Awareness Movement (NAPAM) issued a cautionary statement to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Sunday, advising against its proposed nationwide strike in response to the current economic challenges in the country,leadership reports.

The group, speaking through Dr. Samuelson Emehibe, National Secretary of NAPAM, expressed concern that such action would disrupt the economy to the detriment of Nigerians.

Addressing the press at the Unity Fountain in Maitama, Abuja, Dr. Emehibe attributed the prevailing economic difficulties to years of unimplemented policies rather than the current administration led by President Bola Tinubu. He acknowledged initial governance shifts under the new administration, suggesting that while these might temporarily exacerbate hardships, they ultimately aimed to improve the nation’s standing.

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Dr. Emehibe stressed that any strike or protest would impede progress and harm the economy further, citing existing business closures, disrupted supply chains, and diminished investor confidence. Emphasizing the association’s substantial membership, including over 35 million people with disabilities, he underscored their opposition to actions that would disproportionately affect vulnerable segments of society.

Asserting that systemic changes require time, Dr. Emehibe urged patience and cooperation with the government’s efforts. He criticized the NLC’s leadership, particularly Chairman Comrade Joe Ajaero, for disregarding the welfare of citizens, including those with disabilities, through their insistence on industrial action without considering its adverse effects.

Dr. Emehibe advocated for dialogue over confrontation, urging the NLC, TUC, and other stakeholders to engage in constructive discussions with the government. He warned of legal action should the NLC proceed with its planned two-day nationwide protest, emphasizing the potential harm it could inflict on millions of Nigerians, especially those living with disabilities.


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