The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that it would stage a one-day countrywide demonstration to force the Federal Government to resolve ongoing disputes with the unions in the education sector immediately.
In order to get the Federal Government’s attention and have these concerns resolved right now, the NLC President, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, said this during the beginning of the Congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Thursday in Abuja.
Wabba expressed sorrow about the country’s tertiary institutions closing as a result of ongoing labor issues between the Federal Government and education unions.
According to NAN, academic activities have been halted at all public universities, polytechnics, and institutions of education as the Federal Government continues to address the unions’ requests.
The funding of the revitalization fund, earned allowances, the implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) plan, as well as promotion backlogs, are all demands made by the unions.
The 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement must be renegotiated, among other things, and the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) discrepancy must be fixed.
Wabba said: “You will recall that the last decision we took, we even went to the extent of writing to President Muhammadu Buhari, we gave a 21-day notice for them to converge a very high-powered meeting.
“We demanded that the meeting should be chaired either by the Secretary of Government of the Federation (SGF), or the Chief of Staff to the President, for this issue to be resolved once and for all.
“That meeting was called, but from the reports that I have been receiving from all the unions in the education sector, progress has not been made.
“The timeline of three weeks that was given to the committees for all reports to be turned in, and for the government to be able to take a concrete decision, has not been met.”
The NLC president, however, alleged that there was reluctance by the Federal Government in addressing the issues.
“Therefore, the Central Working Committee has decided that there will be a one-day national protest.
“This is to call the attention of the government to resolve the issues immediately.
“We have also asked all our affiliates by the next one week to issue statements,” he said.
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