The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike is still ongoing, and the National Union of Banks, Insurance, and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has announced that it will join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a solidarity strike.
News Report that this was stated by NUBIFIE in a statement released on Sunday and signed by its National President, Anthony Abakpa, and General Secretary, Mohammed Sheikh.
The NLC had previously announced that it will join other unions, including those at Nigeria’s public colleges, in a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27.
The NLC President, Mr Ayubaa Wabba said this in a circular jointly signed by Mr Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the circular, which was issued on July 15, was addressed to the Chairpersons and Secretaries of NLC State Councils
NUBUFIE said it was obvious that the lingering lecturers’ strike, since Feb. 14, would continue to take a huge toll on the academic performance of the students.
It also noted the psychological trauma it had impaired on both the student and the poor parents.
NUBIFIE called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene concretely and end the ongoing strikes.
The NUBIFIE statement read in part: “However, if after the one-day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done, the union will have no other option than to call out all our members in banks, insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU.“
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ASUU had since Feb. 14 embarked on an indefinite strike over a face-off with the government.
The union had accused the government of failing to implement the Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action signed between both parties.
Other issues include the government’s poor commitment to the payment of academic earned allowances and the continued use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
The lecturers are also unhappy with the refusal of the government to adopt the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution, and the proliferation of universities in the country.