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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has taken a swipe at the federal government for not approving the use of the Eagle Square for the celebration of this year’s Workers’ Day.

According to The Informant247, the Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Monday May 1 a public holiday to celebrate 2023 Workers Day.

The public holiday was declared by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Shuaib Belgore on behalf of the minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola on Friday April 28.

The general secretary of the NLC, Emmanuel Ugboaja in a statement said the workers would celebrate the day on Abuja streets to reconnect with the people.

“As you must have been aware of the last-minute questionable action of the government at the centre to deny us the use of the Eagle Square for this year’s May-Day celebrations three days to the event, despite having granted us the permit months ago,” the NLC said.

“Do remember that this is a venue we have been using in the past decades for our May Day celebrations.

“The sudden decision to withdraw the permit may be laden with mischief and actually a sign of what is to come in the near future. It is a call to all of us to be prepared.

“As a result of this unfortunate development, we want to inform you that we have decided to shift the venue for the celebration to the streets of Abuja.

“This is so that we can deepen our reconnection with the people who are our true partners in the struggle for a free society.”

The labour union said its members and affiliates would take off from national headquarters of the union by 8:00am.

He gave an assurance of continued dedication to the principles and norms of the Union.

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