• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

DSS Urges Organised Labour To Prioritize Dialogue For National Harmony

In a press release issued today, the Department of State Services (DSS) has appealed to sections of the organised labour planning protests between February 27th and 28th, 2024, to reconsider their actions in the interest of peace and public order.

While acknowledging the legitimate right of the labour movement to protest, the DSS stressed the importance of pursuing dialogue and negotiation rather than engaging in activities that could escalate tensions. The Service expressed concerns about potential elements intending to exploit the protests to instigate crisis and widespread violence, which could exacerbate the country’s socio-economic challenges.

The DSS emphasized the ongoing efforts of all levels of government to address the prevailing economic conditions and urged citizens to grant authorities the chance to handle the challenges through established channels. The statement referenced the esteemed poet JP Clark’s work, “The Casualties,” as a poignant reminder of the dangers of escalated conflicts, urging citizens to prioritize peaceful resolutions.

Parents and guardians were also implored to guide their children away from actions that could jeopardize public safety, while political parties, opposition groups, religious and traditional institutions, civil society, and non-governmental bodies were called upon to reject violence and demonstrate leadership in these challenging times.

The DSS affirmed its stance against violence as a means of resolving challenges and pledged to collaborate with sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure lasting peace in the country. The release, signed by Dr. Peter Afunanya, Director of PR & Strategic Communications, concluded with a call for vigilance against destabilizing forces and a commitment to maintaining internal stability and unity.

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor

Hyacinth Beluchukwu Nwafor is a seasoned journalist and the CEO/Founder Belch Digital Communications, publishers of Hybrid News Nigeria.

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