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Banks, schools join strike as business activities witness skeletal services in Akwa Ibom

Angst, anxiety mount over news of fresh strike
Hundreds of bank customers have been stranded while pupils from public schools roamed the streets as the strike by labour unions led by the Nigerian Labour Congress takes its toll on economic activities in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State.
Those affected by the also include unions at the University of Uyo as students were left unattended by the lecturers.
According to our correspondents who visited the banking district along Udo Udoma Avenue in Uyo, the state capital, all the banks did not for services, leaving their customers stranded.
At the Guarantee Trust Bank (GTB) premises, a security guard turned back customers saying the bank workers were not on duty. He did not elaborate
The situation was the same along Wellington Bassey Way in Uyo where Access Bank is located as the entrance to the bank’s premises was blocked with ‘No Parking’  barriers.
At the main entrance to the University of Uyo, town campus along Ikpa road, some students told our correspondent that the lecturers had joined the strike.
When asked why he was loitering around,  he said, the lecturers are on strike, and we don’t have classes. ‘
However, transport operators and other service providers including Point OF Sale (POS) operators have not been affected by the strike.
A check shows that policemen in police vehicles have been stationed at strategic locations within the state capital including the office of the NLC and the popular Ibom Plaza
Some residents have expressed fears if the strike was not suspended, it could worsen the current economic hardship in the state.