In lieu of the two-day nationwide protest recently announced by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), members of several trade unions in Abuja have commenced a mega rally to keep the government on its toes in meeting the demands made by tertiary institutions based-unions in the country.
Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of University and Allied Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), among others, have been on strike for months due to the government's failure to meet their demands.
Daily Post reports that members of affiliate unions, numbering over 3000 were seen singing solidarity songs at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, where the protest kicked off.
Speaking before proceeding to the National Assembly, the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba urged the crowd to be organised as they protest.
Wabba condemned the Federal Government for not acting according to its words in meeting the demands of members of tertiary institutions in the country.
He added that those who are now in administrative positions benefitted from the quality education offered by a prosperous education sector during their time.
There are speculations that the protesters will march to the presidential villa in Aso Rock to make their grievances known.