NLC gives FG ultimatum to resolve disagreement with ASUU
by Isaac Job, Uyo
Akwa Ibom state chapter of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the federal government to resolve all issues that prolong the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities or face nationwide industrial action.
Addressing workers in Uyo on Tuesday during solidarity protest by Nigeria Labour Congress to sympathize with ASUU members over six months strike action, NLC chairman comrade Sunny James requested the federal government to bring the striking University lecturers back to the negotiation table to end the industrial impasse.
“Comrade! you are aware that ASUU members have engaged the federal government for a number of decisions but the negotiation brought no result. Therefore, NLC decided to intervene.
He said two weeks ago, President Mohammadu Buhari gave a matching order to Hon Minister of Labour and Productivity Dr Chris Ngige to resolve the ASUU strike without delay.
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The Akwa Ibom NLC chairman regretted that the order never changed anything as the strike continues while the federal government showed no concern about it.
NLC members barricaded the entrance to Akwa Ibom Government House to hand over their letter for onward transmission to President Buhari and urged Governor Udom Emmanuel to lend his voice to avoid the impending strike.
Governor Emmanuel who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem appreciated the plight of University teachers and hoped that the federal government will do the needful.