Workers in Sokoto State on Tuesday defied the directives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), proceeding with their official duties in spite of the nationwide indefinite strike call.
Routine operations were conducted at the federal and state Ministries, banks, and schools.
Malam Ismail Dayyabu, a classroom teacher, said that they were not served notice of the strike and they were only aware of a Court order restraining the union from striking.
“We can do nothing but wait for proper communication. That’s why we went to work as usual, with no official engagements halted,” he explained.
Similarly Alhaji Bala Dankasuwa, a trader, said he was ignorant of any strike action, emphasising that their leaders had not communicated such a decision.
Meanwhile, the NLC and TUC, Sokoto State chapters have assured their commitment to enforcing total compliance with the nationwide strike in the state.
Mr Hamisu Hussain, the state NLC Secretary, acknowledged the delayed communication of the strike information to workers in the state.
He explained, “Due to the delayed notice, many workers in banks and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) could not join the strike today.
“However, I can assure you that by tomorrow, we will have a total compliance as we have notified all of them. No excuse will be accepted,” he said.
Mr Bello Garba, the state TUC Secretary, condemned the alleged assault on the NLC President, Mr Joe Ajaero, during the union’s rally in Imo.
Garba warned that such incidents could recur nationwide, if not properly addressed, while assuring the strike