NLC, OTHERS BEGIN PROTEST IN EDO OVER ASUU STRIKE

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NLC, OTHERS BEGIN PROTEST IN EDO OVER ASUU STRIKE

Eben Enasco Reporting.

Labour Unions in Edo State have joined others across the country to express their displeasure in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and other related bodies who had been engrossed in over a Five-month-
long-standing strikes.

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The two-day peaceful solidarity protests are seen by the Labour Union as a way to demand government attention to address grey areas in the row between the concerned bodies to allow students, and lecturers to return to the classroom sooner.

Recall that the Nigeria Labor Congress, NLC, in its recent meeting vowed to join the Academic Staff of universities in the campaign against the lingering strike and other issues affecting the country, despite the government opposing the position of the labor leaders.

Concerned about the negative effects of the lingering ASUU strike particularly the fate of thousands of students across Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Congress believes that it is time to end the strike.

Speaking at denis Osadebe Avenue, the home to the Edo State Government, Comrade Odion Olaye Chairman of NLC Edo State said several attempts had been made by the Union to end the feud but have largely been frustrated.

He charged the government at all levels and all relevant stakeholders to return to the negotiations table in search of a permanent solution.

Responding, the state governor Godwin Obaseki, represented by his Chief of Staff, Hon Osaigbovo Iyoha addressed the protesters just as he lamented that the Federal government has failed on all fronts in the relative debates, adding that, it’s now a concern for all governors to address in no distance time.

Meanwhile, the affected unions in this dispute, Comrade Joel Elidonojie, NASU State Chairman, Broderick Osewa, Chairman SANU Edo State, Comrade Oyakhilome Stella, Chairperson Edo State NAAT, John Osazuwa, Lecturer UNIBEN in Unison took their stands, seeking a quicker and a robust intervention to prevent further disintegration of the Educational System in the country.

In Nigeria, ASUU has embarked on 16 strikes in 23 years.

It’s also on record that the Federal government and lecturers have sustained disagreements over a 13-year-old MOU.

On Monday, February 14, 2022, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU announced a ‘warning’ strike in yet another face-off with the Federal Government.

Since then it’s been turvy turves between the two bodies leaving the students to suffer loss.

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