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ASUU strike: Return our children back to school, Kogi NLC tells FG

Persecondnews reports that the protest which began in the early hours of Tuesday saw protesters staging a peaceful walk from the Federal University Lokoja, (FUL) to Stella Obasanjo Library and the Government House, attracted the attention of motorists and passersby and also caused traffic on major roads in the city.

As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike lingers without an end in sight, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Kogi State Chapter, has taken to major streets in Lokoja, the state capital, to join the nationwide protest against the five-month-old strike.

The NLC demanded that the Federal Government should without further delay conclude pending negotiations with the university teachers to allow students to return to the classrooms as soon as possible.

Persecondnews reports that the protest which began in the early hours of Tuesday saw protesters staging a peaceful walk from the Federal University Lokoja, (FUL) to Stella Obasanjo Library and the Government House, attracted the attention of motorists and passersby and also caused traffic on major roads in the city.

The union members who turned out in their numbers carried placards with inscriptions like, “enough is enough, get out children back to school”, “end ASUU stroke now”, FG, conclude negotiation with SSANU, NASU, JAC”, among other inscriptions are messages directed to relevant authorities who are involved in the negotiation talks.

 

Kogi NLC/ASUU Protest

 

The State NLC leader, Comrade Onuh Edoka, who was represented by Comrade Simeon Opaluwa, his vice, while addressing Governor Yahaya Bello, highlighted the negative effects of the prolonged ASUU strike on students, staff, parents and the economy of the country.

He pointed that the prolonged strike had contributed to the security threats of the country as youths who are supposed to be in class are now involved in various criminal activities across the country.

He also noted that some students had lost their lives while at home due to the  strike.

Edoka described the decision of the current administration to keep mum over the demands of the striking lecturers as “wicked” and ” insensitive”, expressing shock that the Buhari-led administration could withhold the salaries of lecturers for over five months.

Responding, the governor assured the union that his administration will mount pressure on the federal government “to do the needful and very soon too.”

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