The President of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria (MHWUN), Comrade Biobelemoye J. Josiah and the acting general secretary, Comrade Auwalu Yusuf Kiyawa have in a joint statement threatened to embark on a solidarity strike to force the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the various striking university unions.
What they are saying
The statement by the union partly reads that “MHWUN wishes to use this medium to unequivocally state that we firmly stand behind the University based Unions and the clear position of NLC leadership in this historic struggle.”
- “Our State Councils have been put on a red alert, as we will not hesitate to declare a solidarity strike in support of the Unions if Government fails to resolve the issue within a reasonable time.”
Youths and students in Nigeria’s ruling party, the All-Progressive Congress (APC) have called on the party’s National leader and presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to interfere in the matter. The group, led by its leader Mazi Ezenwa Onyirimba, pleaded with Tinubu, the former Lagos state governor, to mediate between the federal government and ASUU as the ongoing strike enters its fifth month.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14th 2022, following the non-payment of funds in several agreements between the union and the federal government, amongst other grievances. After a one-month strike and a two-month extension, ASUU embarked on a 12 weeks strike from the 10th of May 2022.