The ASUU strike has become a real dilemma for Nigerians particularly undergraduate students in universities.
It has set the university academic calendar far behind where it should be, and more so affected the Academic labour union, to which the Nigerian Labour Congress have come in to stand in solidarity.
The NLC in response have moved forward to issue a threat in a communique jointly signed by its President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, and its General Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, that was passed on the press on Thursday, 28th in Abuja.
The communiqué was issued at the end of the Congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting.
The reports stress further that the NLC had on April 13, initially given the Federal Government 21 days within which to set up a High-Powered Panel to resolve the issues that were causing repeated disruptions to universities academic calendar as a result of the strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
According to the CWC, the NLC had threatened to hold protests against the lingering ASUU strike within the subsisting 21days ultimatum.
“If at the end of the national protest and the 21 days ultimatum, the Federal Government fails to resolve the industrial crises in Nigeria’s universities, the Congress would be left with no other option than to embark on three days nationwide warning strike.” The NLC had announced, adding, “This is in solidarity with our affiliates in the universities and with Nigerian students, whose future and wellbeing are being jeopardized,’’.
The protest as confirmed by the CWC is said to be engineered to draw attention from the government to an emerging culture of social apartheid in the society from a prolonged denial of academic activities for students and the resulting catastrophe.
It also urged on affiliates of the NLC to issue public statements condemning the intermittent strikes in Nigerian universities.