The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has urged Nigerian students affected by the strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to join the protest action declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The PUNCH reported that the NLC had, in a circular obtained on Sunday, declared a two-day nationwide protest in solidarity with the striking lecturers.
The circular dated July 15, was signed by the National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, and issued to all the state chairmen of the union.
It partly read, “In line with the decisions of the National Executive Council meeting of the NLC held on June 30, 2022, we have scheduled as follows the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria’s public universities fighting for quality education.”
According to the circular, the protest would be held on “Tuesday, July 26, 2022, and Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in all the states of the Federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
“Take-off point is the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House, Abuja. You are requested to immediately convene the meetings of your SAC to disseminate this information and to fully mobilise workers in the states for this very important protest for good governance,” it added.
Backing the call to action, Sowore posted on his Facebook page, “I support the call for a nationwide protest to #EndASUUstrike immediately and urge Nigeria students who have been stuck at home to participate massively. Let’s just hope @NLCHeadquarters will carry through!”
ASUU had embarked on nationwide strike since February 14, 2022.