As soon as President Bola Tinubu was inaugurated into office on May 29, he declared that “fuel subsidy is gone”. Although, because provisions for fuel subsidy were made available till June and not beyond in the current 2023 budget, it could be said that the immediate past administration of President Buhari had technically withdrawn the palliative.
However, the May 29 announcement by President Tinubu kicked the policy into motion, drawing its attendant harsh effect on the populace, as the price of Petrol unprecedently soared to N700. Following this, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Joe Ajaero announced after an emergency meeting of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja on Friday.
Will ASUU join the planned NLC strike? Some students are beginning to ponder, Ogunwatch learned. However, findings by our correspondent revealed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities members, ASUU will join the strike action declared by NLC.
Why Will ASUU join the NLC protest?
The Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] is a national federation of trade unions in Nigeria. It consists of affiliate workers’ unions from various labour sectors, like Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), and Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN).
Similarly, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is an affiliate of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the implication of which consequently imposes an obligation of solidarity on them when an Umbrella union such as NLC declares a labour action.
Also, a top source within the National body of the lecturer’s union who spoke to our correspondent disclosed that ASUU will take part in the industrial action declared by NLC, as they would cease to go to classes to teach students, thereby partly crippling academic activities.
Beyond ASUU joining the planned industrial actions, there is a possibility of other unions of essential workers joining, like the National Union of Electricity Employees of Nigeria (NUEEN) and the Judicial Staff Union of Universities.