CEM REPORT | More unions in the country are beginning to pour support for the planned solidarity protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over the continuous strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The NLC planned protest will be joined by the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE), as the union has instructed all it branches across the country to joun in the NLC solidarity protest.
The National Administrative Council of NAAPE, issued the directive via a statement by its Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Umoh Ofonime.
“We have observed with regrets how the Federal Government of Nigeria is treating the crises in the educational sector of the country whereby due to strikes, teaming Nigerian students have remained at home for over four (4) months.
“The refusal of the Federal Government to honour the agreement signed with the union in 2009 is very disturbing considering the negative impact the prolonged strike will create in the life of these children.
“NAAPE, therefore, completely support the position of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27, 2022 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria Public Universities and others.
“By this, the National Administrative Council have directed all branch chairmen/secretaries are requested to disseminate this information to all the members in their various branches to participate in the solidarity protest in their various states as follows:
Date: Tuesday 26, July 2022 and Wednesday 27, July 2022.
Venue: All the states’ capital of the federation and Abuja, the federal capital.
Take off Point: NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House, Abuja.”
Meanwhile, a sister Union in the sector, the Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) had also called on the Federal Government to end the lingering strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ANAP through its General Secretary, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to end without further delay the ongoing strike before it gets out of hand.
The NLC plans to force the federal government to meet the demands of the ASUU with it solidarity protest.
The ASUU strike over lecturers welfare and the improved state of universities in the country has entered its sixth month.
Recall that CEM in an earlier report stated that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), issued a directive to all it members for a planned solidarity protest.