James Sowole in Akure
As the strike ordered by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) entered the second consecutive day, heaps of refuse are mounting on major roads and streets in Akure, Ondo State capital.
Thursday’s action was more effective than Wednesday’s as more people joined the strike.
The ever clean Akure streets and the popular Erekesan/Oja Oba markets are now littered with refuse heaps at many points.
Expectedly, the gates of the state secretariat were locked just as it happened at the local government secretariats in 18 council areas.
Equally, commercial banks, particularly in the state capital closed their gates against their customers in compliance with the directive of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees (NUBFIE).
The cooperation of members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) made the strike more effective as commercial taxis were forced to discharge their passengers.
Due to this, many major commercial complexes were closed because people, including prospective customers, could not get means of transportation to those shopping complexes.
As a result of blocakage of the popular Oyemekun/Adesida Road at strategic places by labour leaders, many portions of the road were turned to football pitches for several hours.