Protest Day 3: Shut Down Continues as Legislator Joins Protest

Posted: January 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

As the protest against the removal of fuel subsidy yesterday entered
day three, a prominent member of the Benue state House of Assembly
joined the protest to express solidarity to what he termed a fight for
the cause of the common man.

Thousands of protesters yesterday trouped the streets of Makurdi the
Benue state capital despite the harsh effect the three day long strike
is having on the people, even as they defied federal government’s
order which labeled the strike as illegal.

Anti subsidy removal Protest in Makurdi which is so far peaceful
witnessed large turn out with protesters and demonstrators chanting
anti government and fuel subsidy removal songs.

Shops, filling stations, government offices, motor parks etc, remained
closed and those who attempted opening were forced to close by
monitoring team of the organized Labour Unions.

The Lawmaker who is the Minority Whip, of the Benue state House of
Assembly Hon. Terkimbi Kyange, in his address during the rally noted
that the Benue legislators were solidly behind the Nigeria people in
the fight against the removal of fuel subsidy.

Hon. Ikyange, stated that members of the Benue state Assembly
especially those elected under the platform of the ACN were not
comfortable with deregulation of the oil sector which has affected
negatively welfare of the people.

Addressing the protesters, Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress,
Benue state Chapter Comrade Simon Achaver who appealed to protesters
to remain peaceful said the protest will continue until fuel pump
price is reversed to N65.

According to Achaver, the NLC cannot be intimidated by anybody saying
in Benue no civil servant will go to work just as no businesses
premises will open until government hear the cry of the people.

He commended Hon. Ikyange for joining the protest to show
solidaritywith the masses.

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