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The Nigeria Labour Congress has warned the Federal Government of Nigeria against any further extension of the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The labour union in a statement signed by its president, Ayuba Wabba, on Wednesday issued the warning in a letter he addressed to the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.

Wabba in the statement noted that the situation would get out of hand if the lockdown exceeded one month.

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“Within the first two weeks of the lockdown in some parts of the country, there were widespread acts of civil disobedience, inducement of law enforcement agents to gain passes and even various forms of violent crimes. No one is sure how long this dam would hold,” he said.

According to him, the NLC was interested in the recovery of jobs, restoration of income, and sustainability of livelihood as the states under the total lockdown are the economic and administrative nerves centres of the country.

He said: “The truth is that our economy might relapse into prolonged coma if the current lockdown in the nation’s nerve centres goes beyond the current extension.”

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