A mild drama ensued at the Ibadan head office of the telecommunication giant MTN, as the a sizeable detachment officers from the department of state security DSS prevented member of the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress NLC from gaining access to the premises of the MTN office.
The Office located beside the popular Mobil filling station at Ring Road, witness an unusual presence of the DSS who were apparently dispatched to the office to forestall any breakdown of regular activities by the member of the Nigerian Labour Congress who are on a drive towards picketing the telecommunication giant in a bid to unionized members of their work force.
The Nigerian Labour Congress NLC, had on Monday begun a nationwide effort towards protesting the non-unionization of the telecommunications work force. The efforts on Monday were said to have disrupted the free flow of daily activities. Some MTN offices were locked up by the Labour union, while properties belonging to the telecommunications outfit were said to have been destroyed in the process.
Our correspondence gathered that in an apparent bid to forestall another re-occurrence of what transpired on Monday across the country, the authorities of the Telecommunication Giant deployed the services of the DSS operatives.
DSS operatives, who were at the MTN Ibadan office as early as possible were seen stationed strategically to forestall any breakdown of law and order in and around the premises. The members of the NLC who arrived in five Buses were resisted and prevented from gaining entrance to the building.
The drive being embarked upon by The Nigeria Labour Congress is expected to cover all the active players in the telecommunications industry. It is meant to have all workers in the telecommunications industry under a union so that they can agitate for a better working condition and demand for all necessary rights. This is coming amid growing concerns that some workers in this industry were being exploited.
Report by Victor Alagogooko for IbadanCity Announcer