The Federal Government has described the planned protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as illegal.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed faulted the planned nationwide protest while addressing State House correspondents after Wednesday’s weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
He said the NLC had no issue with the government on which it could order a nationwide protest.
While alleging that partisan interest was behind the planned protests, the minister advised the union to insulate itself from politics.
On July 17, 2022, the NLC directed its members to embark on a nationwide protest between July 26 and 27 to compel the Federal Government to resolve the five-month-old strike by ASUU and three other unions in the nation’s public universities.
The three other unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
ASUU embarked on strike on February 14 over unmet demands by the Federal Government.