The Federal Government of Nigeria has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to reconsider its planned protest in solidarity with the University-based unions over their prolonged strike.
AllNews Nigeria reports that NLC had planned to protest the lingering strike by ASUU and other university-based unions on July 26 and 27, in a bid to fast track the resolution of the impasse between the unions and the Federal Government.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige gave this urge on Thursday in a meeting with the leadership of NLC in his office.
Giving the Department of State Services (DSS) report which is in opposition to the planned protest, Ngige implored the body to reconsider its decision.
He stated that the reason for the protest might be misinterpreted by criminals who might see it as an avenue to violate the security of the country.
“A security report also sent to his office by the Department of State Services (DSS), strongly warned against holding the protest, slated for July 26 and 27.”
“The masses might wrongly interpret the rally as a ploy by the NLC to enhance the chances of the Labour Party presidential candidate, a situation which could spur the supporters of the other political parties into violence," Ngige explained.
The Minister, however, filled the NLC officials in on the actions taken by the Federal Government in bringing an end to the deadlock in the country's tertiary education structure.