The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) has made a charter of demands it will present to political office-seekers for the 2023 general elections.
At the Workers’ Political Conference set up by NLC in Abuja, yesterday, the President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, enlisted the charter to include equity, fairness and social justice.
“Our charter of demands asks for free and quality education to tertiary level for every Nigerian child. It insists that every Nigerian should access free and quality healthcare from cradle to grave. It posits that politicians should no longer be allowed to send their kids to schools abroad or treat their sicknesses in foreign hospitals, while the children of the poor are trapped in endless strikes and poor medical facilities which their failed leadership has imposed on all of us.”
According to Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria is at a point in its history when notable national development should be on the front burner of national discourse.
THE Public Complaints Commission (PCC) has held a peace meeting with stakeholders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and ASUU, for a timely solution of the crisis.
ASUU Chairman in the Federal University, Oye Ekiti (FOUYE), Dr. Gabriel Omonijo, and his associates in the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Dr. Kayode Arogundade, represented the union at the parley, while the students were led by the Chairman, NANS/JCC, Ekiti axis, Felix Olanrewaju.
At the meeting held in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, Mr. Kayode Bamisile, the PCC Commissioner, Ekiti office, stated that every right-thinking Nigerian must be disturbed by the lingering strike in the universities and the attendant crises.
Bamisile said PCC intervened into the matter as a government agency requesting to end the feud, for students to return to their campuses.
BUT the Education Rights Campaign (ERC) has criticized the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, for walking out on students during a protest with the leadership of NANS over the strike.
The minister had reportedly become incensed and walked out when the students accused him for sending his own children overseas to study, while they spend an average of six years for a four-year academic programme.
In a press release, yesterday, the Deputy National Coordinator of ERC, Isaac Ogunjimi, and National Mobilization Officer, Michael Lenin, depicted the minister’s behavior as provocative, arrogant and insensitive to the feelings of Nigerian students, who were angry over the constant disruption of the academic calendar due to Federal Government’s refusal to fulfill agreements with staff unions.