DSS keeps mum as Labour defies warning against protest

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The Department of State Services (DSS) is silent as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) defied its warning to go ahead with a protest against the economic hardship in the country.

The DSS last week warned that some persons were planning to use the opportunity of the planned protests by Organised Labour slated for February 27-28 to foment crisis and widespread violence.

The Director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Dr Peter Afunanya, in a statement, called on labour to shelve the action meant to protest the economic situation in the country in the interest of peace.

He had urged that they should pursue dialogue and negotiation rather than engage in conducts that could heighten tensions in the country.

These entreaties however seem to have fallen on deaf ears as the President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, insisted the protest must go on.

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But the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has said it would not join the NLC in the protest.

President of the TUC, Festus Osifo in a briefing, said the TUC would continue to engage the Federal Government and proffer solutions to some of the challenges facing the country.

As of the time of filing this report, DSS spokesman, Dr Afunanya, did not respond to enquiries on the Service’s response to labour’s decision to embark on the action despite the security concerns. @The Nation.