NLC’s two-day protest rally kicks off in Ilorin
The two-day nationwide solidarity protest rally declared by the national headquarters of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC to support the Academic Staff Union of Nigeria Universities, ASUU’s struggle for improved welfare kicked off in Ilorin on Tuesday.
The protest rally which took off from the Labour House, of the Kwara State council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, High Court premises of Ilorin, took the protesters round some major streets of the metropolis with the second leg of the protest scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.
The protest which was at the instance of the National Headquarters of the NLC is to fast track the quick resolution of the issues that precipitated the lingering industrial action in the university system.
Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Kwara State, Issa Ore, disclosed that the labour union will declare a 3-day strike should the federal government refuse to attend to the demands of the striking university workers.
He expressed concern that the strike action had made students in public universities idle while the resultant effect was being felt in the upsurge in crimes believed to be perpetrated mostly by the youths.
The union lamented the failure of the federal government to honour the agreement between it and the aggrieved university workers, which had caused the protracted strike.
Speaking on behalf of the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and their non-academic counterparts, the ASUU Chairman of Kwara State University, KWASU, Malete, Dr.Sheu Abdulganiy Salau, said they are fighting against the rots in the university system for the future of the Nigerian students.
The protesters called on the Nigerian government to attend to the needs of the striking university workers and allow the university system run seemlessly.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Labour, Comrade Abdulmumeen Onagun, while addressing the members of the union promised to deliver the letter of the union accordingly adding that the governor was in support of the struggle.
It would be recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) had embarked on industrial action after the failure of the federal government to meet their demands for improved welfare and infrastructure in public universities among others.
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