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Osun Youths Protest High Cost Of Living



Condemn TUC's position over proposed 2-day nationwide protest

-Condemn TUC’s Position Over Proposed 2-day Nationwide Protest

Youths in Osogbo, Osun State capital, on Thursday, hit the street to protest the
skyrocketing price of food and current economic situation.

The protest tagged ” Osogbo Enough Is Enough ”, ” President Bola Tinubu let the poor breathe”, was organised by Osun Civil Societies Coalition ( OCSC ).

The protesting youths were chanting songs to show their discontentment
over high cost of living and economic hardship.

Armed policemen were seen at the protest scene to maintain law and order and to avert any public disturbance.

The protesters who converged at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in the morning demonstrated peacefully through Old Garage, MDS and later terminated the possession at the popular Olaiya under bridge, Osogbo.

Speaking, the chairman of the group, Comrade Waheed Lawal said they staged the peaceful protest to express their displeasure over the economic hardship in the country which according to him, has caused more hunger in the land.

Lawal hinted that the Thursday’s protest was majorly organised to sensitize the residents about the mother of protest billed to hold on Monday nationwide.

Lawal while fielding questions from journalists on the sideline of the protest, condemned the Trade Union Congress ( TUC) decision to back out of the proposed 2-day nationwide protest over the economic hardship facing millions of Nigerians.

Lawal said the last minute plan by the trade union congress to back out of the proposed protest which both labour unions agreed upon was worrisome .

He said the union ought to have aligned itself with the Nigerian Labour Congress ( NLC) for the best interest of about 200 million nigerians facing economic hardship and high cost of living .

” I will have loved the TUC to see reason why they ought not to back out at this point because the two days propsed protest is for the best interest of all nigerians .

”The both labour unions should try and sort things out on or before the commencement of the protest . But if TUC failed to join , we support NLC to carry on with the protest , ” Lawal said.

According to him, President Bola Tinubu must look beyond giving millions of naira as palliatives to governors to addressing their hungry subjects but rather find a lasting solution to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians.

Also, speaking , Comrade Wale Adebisi , Director , Ola-Oni Centre, Osogbo, said the protest was to signal those in authorities that the Feb. 27 and Feb. 28 would be the mother of all protest across the country .

Adebisi, advised president Tinubu to fulfill his promises to Nigerians after the removal of fuel subsidy that has worsened the economic predicament of things in the country.

Earlier, Comrade Ayo Ologun, a human right activist and public affairs analyst, condemned the policies, saying there should have been programmes already in place to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians by President Tinubu.

Ologun said no CNG buses , no increased national minimum wage , high price of premium motor spirit , high cost of living among others that have left many Nigerians suffering .

He advised he president to quickly fulfill all the promises made with the organised labour in order to make life meaningful to all nigerians .