The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on all Nigerians to join the mass protests planned by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and other workers’ unions to show solidarity with lecturers in Nigeria’s public universities.
NLC Protest On ASUU Strike
KanyiDaily recalls that ASUU had embarked on a warning strike since February 14, over the failure of the federal government to meet its demands.
Amid the strike, the government and the union have held a series of meetings, but no agreement has been reached by both sides on ending the strike.
In a letter dated July 15, the NLC directed its state councils to mobilize for a nationwide protest on Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, over the continued ASUU Strike.
The NLC said the protest is aimed at getting “our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria’s public universities fighting for quality education”.
Speaking in an interview with The ICIR on Tuesday, ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke urged to every Nigerian to protest against the leaders who are deliberately keeping children at home while their children attend schools abroad.
“The whole nation should be protesting, not just the workers. Their children are at home, and the children are appealing to every Nigerian. They are deliberately kept at home while those who are supposed to resolve the issue have their children attending schools abroad.
“It is a national thing, not just workers alone. But I want to commend the workers for their gesture. It is a national issue; it is for all Nigerians,” Osodeke said.
KanyiDaily recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari had recently declared that enough is enough, saying it’s time for the lecturers to call off the ASUU strike in the interest of their students and the country.