The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has fulfilled its promise to the Academic Staff Union of Universities and began a 2-day protest over the ongoing university union strike and other concerning issues in the country.

Driving the news
Sources say that the members of the congress stormed the streets on Tuesday morning in Lagos holding placards with inscriptions “Nigeria at 60 years Independence, More hunger in the land”. “Reduce the costs of governance now. Save the masses from poverty and hunger”. “Stop importation of petrol, revive the refineries”.

In case you missed it 

  • The president of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, the General Secretary of the congress, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja and all the state chairmen of the union signed a circular authorizing a protest by all its members over a lingering strike of university unions in the country.
  • The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university unions have been on strike for months following the failure of the federal government to honour its agreement with the union. ASUU’s demands include the payment of agreed wages, payment for the revitalization of public universities, adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a preferred payment option, etc. 

What you should know 
The Nigerian Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) announced on Monday that the ongoing protest would not be a strike that causes the shutdown of operations by members. The association stated that instead the 2 days protest would be a peaceful rally.

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