The Nigeria Labor Congress has announced its decision to hold a one-day nationwide protest to support the Academic Staff of Unions due to the lingering strike. This is due to the inability of the Federal Government to meet the demands of the union for over five months since the strike commenced. Last week, Ngige had assured students the strike would be called off in a week during the FEC meeting. This raised hope of Nigerian students but the meeting yielded no result as the strike is yet to be suspended.
NLC said that the report submitted by its Central Working Committee, from the negotiation with FG and ASUU, indicates a lack of improvement. Both unions have failed to agree to baulk the strike so academic activities can continue in the affected schools. The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba spoke about the strike during the opening of the National Executive Council Meeting of the congress.
At the meeting which was held in Abuja, Wabba directed the affiliate unions of the NLC to issue directives on the planned one-day national protest from next week.
He said, “I think there is reluctance in addressing this issue (of strike) and therefore, CWC has decided that there will be a one-day national protest to call the attention of the government to resolve the issue immediately. After that, the next decision of the CWC will take place,”
In the meeting, Wabba also lamented over fuel scarcity in the nation and the sack of teachers in Kaduna state.
Before this, the Vice-Chancellors Committee has urged the President, Major General Muhammad Buhari(retd.) to work on resolving the disputes between the government and the unions.
The chairman of the Vice-Chancellor committee, Prof Samuel Edoumiekumo, appealed the launch of the intellectual property policy document for universities in Abuja.
He said, “We plead that drastic action is taken to stem the haemorrhage that the system is currently witnessing. For the sake of our children and our society, we need the decision.”