The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has disclosed plans to embark on a two-day nationwide protest on July 26, 2022 in solidarity with the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other unions in the public universities.
This was made known in a circular dated July 15, 2022 which was signed by the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba; and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, and titled, “National protest to get our children back to school.”
According to the circular, the protest would be held on July 26 and 27 at all state capitals and the Federal Capital Territory.
The protests in states are expected to take off from NLC state secretariats while that of Abuja will take off from the Labour House, Abuja.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force says it is advisable for those planning protest to inform the police so that security can be provided for them. The Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in an interview.
Responding to enquiries on whether the NLC had informed the police of the planned protest, Adejobi said, “I can’t say if the NLC has notified us or not, I have been away in Osun. If they have informed us, we will definitely deploy our men to ensure their safety and also prevent hoodlums from infiltrating them. If they have written to the IGP, he must have acted on it but like I said, I’ve been away.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14th, 2022. The union had accused the government of failing to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action signed between both parties.