ASUU STRIKE: Nigerian workers, NLC protest grounds activities in Abuja
By Gbenga Ojo Daniel
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has grounded Activities in Central Area of FCT in continuation of its two-day nationwide protest in solidarity with the strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, and the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, among others led the Day two protest in solidarity with ASUU in Abuja.
Key among the unions which have downed tools for over 170 days are 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.
NLC on Tuesday began its two-day nationwide protest in solidarity with the strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Members of the Nigeria Labour Congress on Tuesday protested in Oyo, Kaduna, Edo, Kano, and Lagos states, where they grounded government and official activities across the states as photographs of the protest marches.
In Abuja on Wednesday, the protesters converged at the Unity Fountain and continued with the two-day protest in Abuja over the prolonged strike by university workers across the country.
The protest began at about 9:30 am after members of the NLC leadership and leaders of various affiliated unions, as well as members converged on the Unity Fountain in the nation’s capital.
Among those physically present were Wabba, Sowore, ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, and the immediate past President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, among others.
Scores of protesters who wielded placards with several inscriptions such as “End ASUU Strike Now”, “Stop importation of petrol”, “refine the refineries’, “Nigeria at 60 years of independence, more hunger in the land”, etc.
The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who addressed the crowd said the union would embark on a three-day warning strike if the Nigerian government fails to meet their demands and negotiate with the striking lecturers.
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.
The protesters who were well protected with different security forces marched from Unity Fountain to National Assembly where they were addressed by the lawmakers.
See scenes from NLC solidarity protest in Abuja below:
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