By: Luka Daniel (Bauchi),
Commercial activities were affected in Bauchi state, as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) United Labour Congress of Nigeria (ULC), and Trade Uniuon Congress (TUC) embarked on a warning strike to press home their demand for salary upward review.
Our Correspondent, who went round the state capital saw workers down tool as business activities at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and the Federal polytechnic Bauchi were grounded.
REALITY Newspaper observed that the industrial action also led to the closure of Banks, the state Secretariat, the State and federal High Courts, Tertiary institutions and the Electricity Distribution Company in the state.
Transport workers and traders, who provide services on the campuses of the two academic institutions, lamented the negative impact of the strike embarked upon by the workers .They said that the strike was not favourable to their businesses, as very few Students and Lecturers came to the campuses with no academic activity going on.
Business centers where photocopying and printing works are normally carried out were also closed, as only few shops were operating at the campus, but selling at high cost.
Mallam Shuhu Sani, an Okada rider attached to the campus decried that business was not encouraging with the commencement of the strike, as few students were left to patronize them.
Sani said “this strike is just beginning and we have started feeling it’s effects. I only made N200 since morning compared to before where I make between N1,500 to N2,500 in a day”
“So many students and workers of this institution did not show up today and this has affected transportation business on campuse. I hope the government resolve this strike problem on time to save us from hardship”.
At the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, traders situated at the polytechnic market opened shops, but lamented very low patronage.
Mr. Haruna, who operates a business centre at outside the polytechnic said that he had not made a single kobo throughout the day and blamed the situation to the strike by the NLC.
“I want the federal government and NLC to find a lasting solution to this strike because it is us the masses that are suffering. Now, there are no customers, how do they want us to survive. The federal government and NLC should reach a compromise so that we can find our daily bread” he said.
However, it was a different ball game as normal businesses were carried out at the Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, ATAP Bauchi as staff of the institution were seen busy at their duty posts.
Our Correspondent observed that normal academic activities took place as students were seen receiving lectures at different lecture halls in the school.
A student at the polytechnic, Ishaq Yakub said he was impressed with the decision of the polytechnics management not to take part in the ongoing nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
According to him, “I am happy that my school didn’t go on strike, and this will not temper with the academic calendar and will enable us to graduate within the time frame”.
Yakubu thanked the Rector and the entire management of the polytechnic for considering the plight of the students by abstaining to partake in industrial action.