The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC today embarked upon the first of her two days of a nationwide protest to express their displeasure toward the situation that surrounds the academic sector of Nigeria with regards to the ongoing ASUU strike.
The trade union had earlier announced that it would embark upon 2 days of nationwide protest and called upon all affiliated organizations to join in the peaceful protest to show their displeasure about the ongoing ASUU strike. The entirely peaceful protest took shape across the federation at different meeting points as students, officials, human right activist and other well-meaning individuals converged and matched towards designated routes across the country.
While speaking to newsmen at the protest ground, Human rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN) expressed his displeasure at the leadership of the country on how they have handled the academic sector of the country and its deterioration to its current level. He said “Many of those in government today were my mate. We went to the University at the same time. We used 50kobo to get chicken and jollof rice, at the University. They are the ones denying the students a quality education.“
Several organisations within the public service also joined in the protest across several protest location some of which includes Member of the aviation sector, the power and electricity sector and even the finance sector as some bank was seen not to be in operation over the NLC protest
ASUU and other sister union in the tertiary education arm of the educational sector have been on strike for more than 5 months and there have been no solutions to the demands of the striking unions even after several meetings and consultations between the Federal Government and the striking parties.