Striking workers on Thursday paralysed activities in all states and federal offices in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

At the Federal Research Institute Of Nigeria Jericho, few of the workers who reported for work were however seen sitting idly at the gates of the complex.

The same scenario played out at the Oyo State Secretariat as few workers were seen discussing the strike while others were seen returning home.

Security was also beefed up at the gates to forestall breakdown of law and order.

“I was already preparing for work when my colleagues called me that I should not bother as the office is deserted." Chinyere Grace, who workS at the Federal Research Institute Of Nigeria Jericho told Bounce News.  

The industrial action also affected petty traders who are usually patronised by the workers.

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A the state secretariat, only a handful of food vendors were operational. Those who were operating were only offering skeletal services. “We only cooked small food since we heard about the strike before now.

We did not cook any ‘swallow,’ we only cooked rice. “In fact, since others are closing, we are also planning to leave now, “Ogechi, an attendant in one of the food shops said.

The Nigeria Labour Congress has directed all its members and affiliate unions to commence a nationwide strike on Thursday (today).

The organised labour had held a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Wednesday, which did not produce the expected outcome.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the industrial action would commence due to the refusal of the Federal Government to reconvene the meeting of the tripartite national minimum wage committee to enable it to conclude its work.

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