The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has agreed to partner with higher institutions in engaging the government to implement the 2013 agreement reached on the issues of basic infrastructure in the University system and staff welfare.
The NLC, President, Ayuba Wabba said it would partner with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU and the National Association of Academic Technology, NAAT, as education plays major role in the development of any country.
Comrade Wabba was speaking when he led a delegation of its member to ASUU and NAAT secretariat in Abuja.
He called on government to take a critical look at any reform in the education sector to strengthen the system for the sake of the citizens and children yet unborn.
“The challenges most Nigerians face are because they are denied access to quality education by the ruling elites,” Comrade Wabba said.
The NLC boss also commended the resilience of ASUU to refuse to be manipulated by successive government in Nigeria over the years, whether in the military era or at the current democratic dispensation.
“Academic Union needs to be independent to enable it achieve its desired target or goals… NLC has condemned in strong term the budgetary allocation to education sector in the 2017 appropriation bill.
“NLC will partner with ASSU and protest the continued decrease in the budget of the education sectors,” he stated.
On the issues of dispute within the leadership of ASUU in some of its branches across Nigeria, Comrade Wabba assured them that NLC was already working to bring an end to different faction of the union.
The union members were advised to invest their resources in critical infrastructure that would stand a taste of time, to enable them stand independently.
The ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said there was need for government to take a second look at figures it allocated to education sector in the 2017 appropriation bill.
According to him, such figures are not encouraging, considering the role education play to the development of any country around the world.
“If you want to destroy a country, you should destroy its education system,” he stressed.
Professor Ogunyemi appreciated the NLC support in the course and advancement of their struggle for a better working environment in various universities across Nigeria.
The President of National Association of Academic Technology, Comrade Sani Suleiman called on the NLC President to relate with government and implement the union’s agreement of staff welfare entered by the past administration.
Comrade Suleiman lamented on the inability of some of its members to respect National Executive Council’s decision.