The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Joint Action Committee, comprising the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Allied Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, have said their planned protest in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities will hold as planned.

The labour unions said they were not aware of any security report by the Department of State Services (DSS) that advised against the rally, insisting that their protest in solidarity with ASUU over its six months old strike would hold on July 26 and 27.

ASUU had on February 14, 2022 embarked on a nationwide strike over the failure of the Federal Government to honour the agreement it reached with the union in 2009.

Despite the series of meetings between the Federal Government and the union, the issues have yet to be resolved, prolonging the strike and prompting the intervention of the NLC.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had on Wednesday declared the proposed nationwide protest illegal, saying the NLC had no dispute with the government.

Also on Thursday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, cautioned against the demonstration, saying he received a security report from the DSS that the rally might be hijacked by hoodlums.

Credit: Punch.

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