The industrial strike embarked upon by Nigeria Labour Congress in Imo State has entered day three as the whole state continues to witness no electricity supply and ban of flights in and out of the Sam Mbakwe airport, Owerri.
NLC national leadership had on Wednesday announced downing of tools following the disruption of the Workers Day celebration in Owerri suspectedly by a group loyal to the state government.
Our correspondent gathered that apart from the disruption of the May Day celebration in Owerri, NLC is also protesting the alleged disengagement of 11,000 workers in the state government’s payroll.
Our correspondent who is monitoring the situation observed that the industrial action has crippled the economy as business people, travelers and employers of labour lament.
A businessman at Okigwe Road told our correspondent that he now spends more money buying fuel to run his business.
He said that he was encurring losses as he still renders service at his normal price.
The distraught businessman said ” it is now difficult running business on a generator for 24 hours collecting the same amount. The business is witnessing huge losses but we have no option. We have to keep serving our customers optimally.
Our correspondent observed that some hotels in the state capital only have their generators at night.
One of the hoteliers told our correspondent that the measure was the only option to stay afloat in the business for now.
A passenger told our correspondent that he had to ply through the road to meet up with his emergency appointment in Lagos on Thursday.