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NLC President: The ASUU strike directly affects us and we may stop working after the protest


The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Ayuba Wabba, said that the union went on a two-day protest against the ongoing ASUU strike because it was directly impacted.

The NLC promised to stage a two-day protest on July 26 and 27 in support of ASUU after several attempts by the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the strike had failed.

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On Tuesday, Wabba claimed that the protest is more than just a show of support because the labor congress is directly impacted. He made this claim during an appearance on the Channels Television program Sunrise Daily.

The protest, according to the NLC president, is not against the law and is a democratic standard backed by international conventions and the constitution.

According to him, the congress will use a three-day warning strike if the administration does not address the issues after the two-day protest.

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“The purpose of the two-day warning strike is to draw attention to the problem and urge speedy resolution. If nothing has changed following the protest to air our problems, the next step is a three-day nationwide warning strike, he warned.

“These are standards of democracy. You have the right to voice your complaints wherever you are in the globe, even as an individual.

“It complies with our legal requirements and is supported by the African and UN charters on human and people’s rights. Sections 39 and 40 of our constitution contain it. Even the court has declared that you are exempt from needing authorization. Protesting is permitted and protected by your fundamental human rights.

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“I believe that people should keep in mind that no state is permanent when hearing that something is forbidden. Some of our present MPs had previously joined NLC to push for similar action.

“We are directly impacted; we are not participating in a solidarity action.”


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