The organised labour in Abia said it had obtained approval from both the police and the DSS to join their colleagues from across the federation to protest the high price of petrol, following the federal government’s removal of subsidy on petrol.

The leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress made the clarification when they met the state governor, Dr Alex Otti, noting that the protest was not against the Government of Abia State, but against the Federal Government, to press home their disagreement with the Federal Government’s policy.

Governor Otti acknowledged the negative impact that the sudden removal of subsidy on petrol may have had on the populace and appealed to the labour unions to ensure that they conduct themselves orderly during the protest and not allow strangers to hijack the rally.

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