ASUU: NLC Protesters Defy Police, March On A’Ibom Govt House

ASUU: NLC Protesters Defy Police, March On A’Ibom Govt House

BY INIOBONG SUNDAY

Protesting members of the Akwa Ibom State branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), along with other affiliate unions within and outside the tertiary institution system, in solidarity protest yesterday defied heavy Police presence and marched on the Government House, Uyo, the State capital.

Led by the National President of NLC, Ayuba Waba, who was represented by the zonal officer, Hon. Uche Nweke and the State Chairman, Comrade Sunny James, the group delivered a message to the Governor for onward transmission to the Federal Government to quickly resolved the lingering.

ASUU strike to prevent the total shutdown of the economy in mass action.Ayuba, said the strike became necessary to draw the FG’s attention to over five months of shutting academic activities in the University system, noting: “if today we are talking about ASUU, NASU, NATE and other strikes and we know the monies that comes around, I have been privileged to be in the House before and I know what am talking about. 

“Monies realized from the sale of forms by the two major political parties and others $200 to $300 Dollars paid to delegates are enough to settle the crises in the University system”.

The State NLC chair, Sunny James, urged the State Government to be in the vanguard of impressing it on the Federal Government to end the lingering strike once and for all, in the interest of students and national development.

However, Governor Emmanuel represented by the SSG, Dr. Emmanuel Ekeuwem and the Head of Service (HoS), Elder Effiong Essien, promised to deliver their demands to the Governor, whom they said, was out of the State  a function.

Ekeuwem, underscored the importance of education as a pivot of development, noting that “education system needed seamless operations to churn out quality graduates to drive system.

He appealed for a peace demonstration in order not to jeopardize their good intentions of defending the interest and we’ll being of the students.


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