Federal Government Begs NLC to Cancel Planned Protest

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The Federal Government has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress – NLC to cancel its planned protest over the prolonged strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other university-based unions.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the appeal at a meeting with the leadership of the NLC in his office. Also in attendance at the meeting were the Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Kachollom Daju.

Ngige in his speech, updated the labour leaders on the efforts so far made by the Federal Government to resolve the impasse in the university system, saying that efforts were still ongoing. Recall that the NLC had on July 17 announced that it would kick off a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27 to pressure the Federal Government to resolve the five-month-long strike by ASUU and other university-based unions.

In a statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, the minister reminded the NLC leadership that he incorporated them into the tripartite conciliation going on in his Ministry and was very much aware of efforts of the government to resolve the impasse, they could not embark on any rally or protest.

He further told the labour leaders that the Federal Executive Council mandated him to notify them of the serious security implications of the planned protest. According to him, a security report also sent to his office by the Department of State Services, strongly warned against holding the protest, slated for July 26 and 27.