The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday announced plans to hold a one-day national protest over the lingering face-off between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
What’s the latest between the FG and ASUU?
A report by the NLC’s Central Working Committee indicated that little progress has been made in negotiations between the FG and various striking Unions, including ASUU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, and the National Association of Academic Technologists. The planned protest was announced by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, in Abuja at the beginning of the National Executive Council meeting of Congress.
When is the protest?
Wabba instructed all of the NLC’s affiliate unions to provide instructions regarding the upcoming one-day national protest starting next week. Wabba, who alleged a deliberate “reluctance in addressing this issue”, described the lingering strike as an eyesore. “We have also informed all our affiliates and in the next one week we will issue statements to give credence to that decision”, he said.
Meanwhile, Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities have also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to step in and expedite the process of settling the dispute. The Vice-chancellors, through the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), lamented the strike’s effects on both students and the institutions, as they appealed that drastic action is taken “to stem the hemorrhage that the system is currently witnessing.”