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ASUU strike: NLC takes plight of university lecturers to ILC

By Michael Oche 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has taken the plight of striking university lecturers in Nigeria to the ongoing International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland, urging the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the lecturers and end the prolong strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Public university lecturers in Nigeria have been on strike for over three months.

President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba while delivering his contributions to the report of the Director – General of the International Labour Organisation at the 110 ILC, said the government has refused to implement collective bargaining agreement.

Speaking on the sideline of the conference, Wabba said: “In Nigeria, workers in our universities, both academic and non-academic, have been on strike for more than two months because of non-implementation of collective bargaining agreement.

“We call on the government to bring this strike to an end without further delay,” Wabba said.

He said the NLC wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari on how to use a high – powered delegation to end the strike.

Wabba said the process of conducting integrity tests on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution – a payment platform developed by ASUU has been concluded by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).

He said: “I think the process has been concluded, what we are waiting for is for that process to be reconvened again and for that issue to be resolved. We opened that channel of intervention among others.

“I am also aware that the Inter -Faith Religious Council also met with Mr president and the thinking was in the same direction. We will be very committed in reviewing that process and making sure that our children are made to go back to school.

“The best way to resolve disputes under the ILO rule is through a social dialogue process that works and that respects collective bargaining agreements. That will be a lasting option to actually address some of those issues and disputes and I think it is high time that was done.”

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