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NLC members stage peaceful protest against Sen. Hunkuyi



NLC members stage peaceful protest against Sen. Hunkuyi

NLC protesters displaying placards showing Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi’s name as trespasser of their secretariat under construction in Kaduna on Thursday 2nd January 2020.  PHOTO CREDIT: Royal News

By Simon Ujah, Kaduna
The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC), Kaduna State Council on Friday continued its peaceful protest against Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi over the alleged encroachment of the union’s land.
The Protesters were carrying placards with different inceptions such as “Senator Hunkuyi stop encroaching on our land”, “We need Freedom”, among others.
The protest took place at the same premises of the Union secretariat at no. 9 Lafia road around 10am 2020, in kaduna, and was attended by state NLC chairman and secretary, comrade Ayuba Magaji Suleiman and Christiana J. Bawa, and other union leaders.
Briefing newsmen, the union chairman Suleiman said the protest was organized against continued trespass and harassment of it’s staff at the secretariat by agents of Sahel Techinal Services Ltd, a construction company engaged for the reconstruction of the secretariat building contract.
NLC, State chairman said the land belong to the union and not for sale adding, “they observed with dismay, the incessant trespassing into their land and constant harassment of their staff and members by an agents of contracting firm it engaged for the rebuilding of their secretariat.
“It should be noted that sometimes in the year 2015, the NLC Kaduna State council engaged a private developer – Sahel Technical Services Ltd, with a view to develop its Land at the said location, 9 Lafia  Road, Kaduna.
“While these arrangements were being made to Concretize the memorandum of understanding for the project, we got to know that Sahel Technical Services Ltd engaged a third party ,TMDK, for the project. This was done clearly without the consent of the Principal party to this project, NLC”, he said.
According to the chairman, “While effort were being made to sort out some of these emerging issues, we observed that there’s incessant trespassing into the land and constant harassment of our staff and members by the agents of Sahel and TMDK, even on new year day.
“Following these unimaginable behaviour of Sahel Technical and TMDK, NLC became uncomfortable about the whole issues. Accordingly, we had cause to write Sahel Technical Services Ltd of our decision to discontinue the project and asked them to vacate the site forthwith.
“Despite making our position known to the concerned, our members and staffs are continually being harassed by agents of these entities.
As law abiding organization, we wish to unequivocally warn these trespassers to desist from their actions otherwise the NLC will be
compelled to take necessary measures as the rightful owners of the land.
“We also call on Kaduna state government to wade into the matter for a peaceful settlement to avoid the consequences of the matter snowballing”, they stated.
The union equally called on the commissioner of police, DSS, and other law enforcement agencies to  joined hands to secure the NLC state property from the trespassers. End
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