ASUU Strike: Unease As Electricity Workers Declare Readiness To Join NLC Protest

Mary Ugwuanyi

Power sector workers have declared readiness to join the protest scheduled by the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to persuade the federal government to resolve the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The workers under the auspices of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, confirmed its readiness in a memo issued by its General Secretary, Joe Ajaero, after a meeting of the central working committee and national working committee.

According to the memo, all members were directed to “massively mobilise and actively participate in the NLC/ASUU solidarity protest”.

Ajaero called on vice presidents, state/administrative councils and chapter secretaries to collaborate with the leadership of state executive councils for “a successful outing”.

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The organised labour schedule July 26th and 27th for National protest to urge President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to resolve the dispute with ASUU.  

Recall that ASUU had on February 14, 2022, embarked on a strike. The industrial action is about to enter its sixth month.

Reacting to the protest, Lai Mohammed, Information Minister described the protest as uncalled for and illegal.

Mohammed said, “The NLC is not a political party. The NLC can go on strike or protest if the rights of NLC members are involved.

“What the NLC is planning in the two days is about interest. There’s no dispute between NLC, as a body, with the federal government”, he said.

ASUU are asking for the deployment of the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), and renegotiation of the 2009 agreement among others.

Source: Dailypost

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