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Wednesday has seen some of the members of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC kicking-off their mega rally which is being held in Abuja to press home their request for the Federal Government of Nigeria to openly accede to some of the demands which had been raised by the unions within the Nigerian university system.
It has been previously reported that the unions had downed their tools for over 170 days and some of these unions include the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Non Academic Staff Union of University and Allied Institutions, NASU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT.
The protest, which had been kicked-off at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, saw over 3000 members making up the affiliate unions chanting solidarity songs.
Before proceeding to the National Assembly and probably the Presidency, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba addressed the crowd, telling them to be orderly in their actions.
He criticised the Federal Government for paying lip service to education and the welfare of workers in the tertiary institutions.
He noted that most of those currently in the helm of affairs were beneficiaries of a thriving education sector in the past as they enjoyed free and quality education.
In another report, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) as well as the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have sent a serious warning to the federal government noting that there would be no election in 2023 if it fails to reopen and equip public universities.
The NLC and CSOs in Rivers State have during yesterday’s protest declared that the time was ripe to save the future of Nigerians from a collapsed country.
The message of the NLC with its affiliate members and CSOs during a protest in Port Harcourt, the state capital, was ‘enough is enough’ to bad governance.
State Chairperson of NLC Beatrice Itubo made this known when she addressed workers in Port Harcourt in solidarity with the ongoing strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Itubo lamented the states of education and security, noting the high rate of inflation in the country which has threatened the future of Nigerians.