Following the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) protracted strike, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and a few other unions will launch a statewide demonstration today (Tuesday).
ENTSTUFF recounts that on February 14, 2022, university professors closed down all public universities due to the federal government’s failure to carry out agreements that the two parties had before.
The FG and the ASUU have been negotiating for close to six months, but their issues have not been resolved despite their efforts and those of concerned individuals.
In order to pressure the FG and the striking academics to settle their differences and stop the protracted strike, the NLC had warned Nigerians that July 26 and 27 would be National Days of Protest throughout the nation.
In order to put pressure on the Federal Government to comply with ASUU’s demands, the union announced that protests would take place in all of the State capitals and a massive rally would be held in Abuja.
The demonstration is anticipated to be attended by about 40 NLC affiliates, including those from the banking, oil and gas, electricity, construction, and power holding industries.
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), which represents workers in the power industry, announced over the weekend that they would join the NLC in the demonstration that would take place across the country.
The demonstration takes place in the midst of nationwide security threats as ruthless bandits continue to wreak havoc in numerous States and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.
In order to prevent a security breach, however, a police source from the FCT police headquarters told ENTSTUFF that plans had been made to deploy personnel in each protest area.
According to the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the conversation, “the command is aware of the security situation in the country, particularly here in the FCT, therefore officers will be mobilized to secure the safety of lives and properties during the protest.”
However, he voiced concern that thugs would take over the event.
Since it is election season, he continued, “politics may enter into this, and that is where you may see hoodlums wreaking mayhem in the name of NLC.”