Kaduna Strike: Banks, Offices,Markets Shut Down In Compliance

Major business activities in Kaduna State have been grounded in compliance with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) strike which commenced today.

A tour by Voice of Nigeria’s Correspondent within the metropolis reveals that, all the banks on Yakubu Gowon way were closed down.

Majority of residents were seen queuing at to retrieve money from the ATM.

Also, the major markets within the metropolis namely, Gumi, Vetinary and Chechenya markets were partially opened, the market gates were opened but majority of shops were closed.

Some retailers who sell provisions and other perishable items were seen outside the market selling household items.

Our Correspondent also reports that, all the telecommunication companies were closed. “MTN, GLO and AIRTEL offices were all closed with many people seen around the premises trying to gain access.

In compliance with the strike, majority of the fuel stations within the metropolis were all shut down. “The Airport had also issued a statement on closing its activities due to directives by the NLC”.

Other places that were also locked up by the NLC include the State Secretariat, Kaduna State University, Ministries and many Goverment agencies.

However, people were seen going about their businesses and there was also presence of normal vehicular activities. Public transport owners also plied their normal routes conveying passengers to their various destinations.

Counter Reactions

On the part of the government, about eight Police vans, ‘Operation Yaki Vans’, conveying Policemen were sighted at the State Secretariat and Ministry for local Government and Chieftancy Affairs breaking down the locks put by the NLC in order to grant civil servants access to their various offices.

Already, a lot of civil servants had been standing in front the building due to directives by the State government to resume work, sign in their names or get punished for defaulting.

There was the presence of heavy security personnel around all Government offices that were locked up by the NLC.

Source: Voice of Nigeria