Protest: FG’s Silence on Demands of Striking Lecturers Wicked, Insensitive – Kogi NLC

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kogi state chapter, has called on federal government to honour its agreement with Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) and end the prolonged strike embarked upon by the lecturers.

Speaking during a solidarity protest in Lokoja on Tuesday, the Kogi state chairman of NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka described the decision of the present administration to keep mute over the demands of the striking lecturers as wicked and insensitive.

Represented by his vice chairman, Comrade Opaluwa Eleojo, the labour leader lamented on the negative effect of the strike in the country.

According to him, the continuous stay at home by students in the university poses a great threat to the security and unity of Nigeria as a nation.

Members of NLC who held a solidarity walk from Stella Obasanjo library to the Kogi state government house in Lokoja presented their demands to Governor Yahaya Bello for the strike action to be called off by the aggrieved lecturers.

While calling on the Kogi State Government to intervene in the dispute between the ASUU and the federal government, the NLC chairman said it is disheartening that the Buhari led administration could withheld the salaries of the striking lecturers for over five months.

Responding, the Kogi state Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello said finding solution to the faceoff between ASUU and the federal government is long overdue.

Represented by his Deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, the Governor stressed that for any nation that wants to succeed priority must be given to education.

Governor Bello assured the labour leaders that his administration will put pressure on the federal government to put a lasting solution to strike action in Nigeria.

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