Kwara state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has joined the National body of the Union to stage a peaceful rally in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) toward revitalisation 9f Nigerian universities.
The Union members which included NLC, ASUU, NASU, SANU and other allied Unions carried placard with various inscription such as “There is only one way forward honour our agreement, National protest to get our children back to school amongst other, went round areas like Post Office, Challenge, A-Division Round About and Government House on Ahmadu Bello way Ilorin to submit their letter to the state government.
Speaking with Journalists at the NLC Secretariat in Ilorin, the Kwara state Chairman of the Union, Comrade Aliyu Isa-Ore said the rally was organised in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members to press home their demand on the need for the federal government to honour their agreement.
He said the federal government had signed an agreement with ASUU some year back on University revatalisation and other sundry issues.
Comrade Isa-Ore explained that if the federal government refuses to heed to their demand after the rally ,the Union will go on three day warning strike.
In their separate remarks the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Ilorin, Professor Moyosore Ajao and the Chairman of the National Association of Academic Technologists Union, Comrade Awolola Femi, commended the NLC for supporting their course.
Prof. Saliu Ajao, the Chairperson, University of Ilorin Academic Staff Union of University ( ASUU), noted that university workers demands was legitimate.
According to him, ASUU demands is long overdue and legitimate to deserve government attention.
” Let the government tell us which of our demands which are not legitimate. We have right to ask for what we deserve.
” Is it our salary that has not increased since last Thirteen years or our demand for government to make infrastructure available?.
” We are not robots. Treat us like humans and safe our children from idleness at hime,” he said.
He also explained that the struggle belongs to the entire nation and not ASUU alone.
The chairperson called on federal government to address the lingering strike to safe students from becoming a public nuisance.
He added that no nation could grow beyond its intellectual capacity, adding that Nigeria education deserve reinessance.
Ajao also called for the enacting of law to ban Nigerians schooling abroad in order to allow growth in Nigeria educational system.
The Chairperson National Association of Academic Technologist Unilorin branch, Comrade Awolola Femi Paul said “we are also Affiliate member under NLC they happen to become our parents bodies therefore we are in full support because the government has shown so much insensitivity to the happenings in the University system, this struggle is not just for us who are staff of that University it is for our students, if you look at the decay status at the University today you will surprise non of this big people allow their children to come to this Universities.
“If you look at our classroom they are delapidated, if you look at our laboratories there is no equipment, there is no chemical to bring out good research, look at our hostels they are down, look at every infrastructure in that University it is down.
“How can we continue like this, brain drain is happening in the University all of our good hands are geting out of this country we are in full support of this because we are fighting for the future of our children, we are fighting for the future of the youth of this country, we cannot allow things to go down like this, the only thing we can do is to come out in support of our parents body,” he said.
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