In place of the two-day nationwide protest announced recently by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), members of many trade unions in Abuja have initiated a mega rally in order to keep the government on its toes in meeting the demands made by tertiary institutions based-unions in the nation.
Members of the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of University as well as Allied Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), among others, have been on strike for several months now because of the government’s negligence to meet their demands.
According to the sources, the members of affiliate unions, which were more than 3000, were witnessed singing solidarity songs at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, where the protest started.
Speaking before moving to the National Assembly, Ayuba Wabba, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, asked the crowd to be organised while they protested.
Wabba praised the Federal Government for not acting as per the words in meeting the demands of the members of tertiary institutions in the nation.
He added that those now in their administrative positions had benefited from the quality education given by a thriving education sector during their time of studies.
There are several speculations that the protestors will also march to the presidential villa located in the Aso Rock to make their problems known.
On the other hand, Governor Samuel Ortom of the Benue State has asked the federal government to address and solve the concerns raised by the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) a few months ago.
He also praised those who embarked on a protest on Tuesday, July 26, as a mark of solidarity with the ASUU.