History of NLC Strikes in Nigeria


Monday, November 05, 2018 7.35PM /By Otto Abasiekong of WebTV


Baring any change in the tripartite meeting between the Nigerian Labour Congress, Organized Private Sector and the Federal Government today, Nigeria could be witnessing another round of a nationwide strike that will impact the economy. 

The issue is the minimum wage which has been overdue for review, based on the act establishing it and has been the source of contention between labour and the government. 

While the NLC is proposing a minimum wage of N30,000.00, the State Governors on the other hand have stated that they will pay N22,500.00 . 

The last time the minimum wage was reviewed was in the year 2011. 

As the nation eagerly awaits the outcome of the meeting, we take a look at the history of strikes in the nation;


History of NLC Strikes 



Number of Days

May 1981-Shehu Shagari Administration

Poor Management of the Economy by the Federal Government and Minimum Wage Issues

2 Days

May 1988-Ibrahim Babangida Regime

Opposition to Sructural Adjustment Programme of the Administration

Structures dissolved by Military Government

July 1994-Sani Abacha Regime

Agitation for the restoration of Democracy

Structures dissolved by Military Government

January 2004-Olusegun Obasanjo Administration

The Reintroduction of fuel tax

5 Days

June 2007 –Late Umaru Yaradua Administration

Increase in the pump price of fuel from N65 to N75


4 Days

January 2012-Goodluck Jonathan Administration

Removal of Fuel Subsidy and Increase in Pump Price from N65 to N138

5 Days

May 2016- Muhammadu Buhari Administration

Increase in the pump price of fuel from N86.50 to N145


4 Days

September 2018-Muhammadu Buhari Administration

Minimum Wage Demands

2 Days



History of Minimum Wage in Nigeria 


Minimum Waage








State-N5,500, Federal-N7,500



 Source: Wikipedia


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