ASUU strike: Children of poor idling away at home, those of rich schooling – NLC laments

Workers under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, have lamented what it described as gross injustice meted out on the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and by extension the underprivileged children belonging to the lower class.

NLC leaders, who are currently engaged in their Central Working Committee meeting preparatory to the May Day Commemoration on May 1st, blamed the Federal Government for paying lip service to the demands raised by ASUU in preference for politicking ahead of the 2023 general elections.

President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba who addressed a press conference before the Central Working Committee went into a closed-door session, lamented, saying, “we are facing a period of great injustice on the downtrodden of the society, children of the poor are at home but the children of the rich are going to school, we have written communication to the government but no response till date, rather they are busy discussing politics”.

Recall that ASUU and the Federal Government have locked horns in a supremacy battle over the fate of Nigerian universities, while the institutions have remained shut for over two months.

While the issues in contention revolve around revitalization funds for Nigerian universities and shoddy implementation of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System, IPPIS, there are also indications that the government may have started implementing the “no work no pay” policy against the university workers.

Wabba reminded the CWC members that unionists and workers all over the world have not had it rosy, especially with events that shaped the world, Covid-19, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

His words, “I think it’s very clear we have not had it rosy, we just got out of Covid-19 but we have more serious challenges centred around education.

“As you all know, the children of the poor are at home while those of the rich are going to school. To date, we have communicated through recommendations to the government but no response.

“This is most disheartening because people in our generation benefited from free education from primary to tertiary level. This is not acceptable, instead of the politicians discussing these issues as a national emergency they are occupied with the 2023 elections.

“We would be looking at the upcoming political dispensation. A lot of broken promises. No worker should sit down and just watch, certainly that will not be our portion. We must engage politicians, making sure the downtrodden is accommodated in the next political dispensation.”

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