From Agaju Madugba, Katsina

Deploying graphic details of the human suffering that has virtually become the lot of a number of Nigerians, the organised labour in Katsina joined their counterparts from across the country yesterday to mark the 2024 May Day celebration.

“Life has become miserable, salary is insufficient for workers to accommodate needs of their families,” Chairman of the Katsina State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Hussaini Hamisu Yanduna, lamented at a rally to commemorate the occasion, at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.

According to him, “Movement has become difficult from home to the work place. People are suffering and dying. The prices of Premium

Motor Spirit (PMS) is no longer reliable, a litre of petrol is now sold at N950 to N1,000 in most of our filling stations, thereby making life more challenging for Nigerians.

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“Today, workers and the people face serious economic hardship, especially the poor and vulnerable groups.

“The most disheartening here in our state is that the fuel stations are locked deliberately to worsen situation.

“Government should re-introduce the defunct cooperative consumer shops in the state to address the current high cost of food items which is the brain child of the removal of fuel subsidy.

“This celebration thus provides a veritable platform for both the federal and state governments, corporate organisations, the Nigerian workers and even civil society organisations to work out a synergy on how to encourage the President in the fight against poverty, corruption and a huge scale joblessness in the country.”

In his address at the rally, Governor Umaru Dikko Radda, said his administration was dedicated to improving the lives of all Katsina residents.