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Nearly 11,000 workers of the Nigeria Railways Corporation have gone on a three-day strike, disrupting railway lines across the country.

NRC workers under the auspices of the Nigerian Railway Workers Union on Wednesday pledged to halt all railway operations nationwide, including services on the famous Lagos-Ibadan, Abuja-Kaduna and Wari-Itape lines.

Other major routes affected by the industrial move are Lagos-Cano, Cano-Unguru and Aba-Port Harcourt, with thousands of trains expected to stop at stations across the country, with N90m revenue expected to be lost to three. – Day strike.

Last week, NUR, a partner of the Nigerian Labor Congress, threatened a three-day nationwide strike from November 18 to November 20, 2021.

Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi held a meeting with the union in Lagos on Saturday to end the strike, but it was reported that the meeting was adjourned.

Nuru President Innocent Ajiji on Wednesday responded negatively to a request from our reporter and urged all railway workers to reduce their weapons starting at 12 noon today.

Authorities in riot gear stormed a rally on Wednesday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.

Trade union leaders have argued that a court order is not the answer to the planned strike.

“We are going on strike next Thursday. They have been trying to get us a court order. It is the kind of government we are in now. However, we did not receive any service and the strike will not start until Thursday morning, ”said Ajiji.

Asked about the number of workers participating in the strike, he said: “About 11,000 workers. We have 10,995 employees, so we are approximately 11,000.

As the strike affected all railway stations in Nigeria, Ajiji said, “Yes. Abuja-Kaduna, Lagos-Ibadan, Wari-Itape, Lagos-Kano, Kano-Unguru and Aba-Port Harcourt, all of these trains stop. And even our offices are closed.

“Except for those who run the train, we have local workshop staff.

It is learned that the three-day strike will cost the industry $ 90 million and if the workers’ demands are not met, the union could declare another industrial step nationwide.

“We make over N360m a month from the railway sector. We generate more than N30m every day,” he said.

He added: “This strike will result in a reduction in revenue for the sector. But that is not the case. Instead, the government should listen to our fair demands.

Regarding whether the ministry spoke to the staff after Saturday’s meeting, the NUR president said, “So far nothing has been said.

We are at the stations at 6am on Thursday because this is the first train in Abuja, at 7am. Therefore, we must arrive at 6:00 am to stop the train.

Federal Ministry of Transport spokesman Eric Ojekwe said he could not comment. NRC spokesman Yakub Mahmoud also declined to comment.

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