A former president of the Commerce Union Congress, Mr Peter Esele, has warned the Federal Authorities that the pervading insecurity within the nation would by no means finish until public universities are reopened.
Esele gave the warning in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria on Thursday in Benin whereas commenting on the solidarity protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress.
The NLC launched into the protest on July 26 to indicate solidarity with the Tutorial Employees Union of Universities, which had been on strike for over 5 months.
He identified that from 1999 until date, the nation’s universities had been shut cumulatively for about six years.
Esele stated, “But, we specific shock over the present insecurity. You’ve gotten hundreds of thousands of Nigerian youths sitting at residence and doing nothing.
“Extra so, infrastructure within the universities are decaying as a result of no one is there to handle them. You’ve gotten an economic system round universities, proper now that economic system is nil.
“Employees in that atmosphere, actual property and even dad and mom within the universities’ atmosphere are all at residence, so why are you shocked about insecurity?
“An idle thoughts, they are saying, is the satan’s workshop.”
The educational physique had been at odds with the Federal Authorities through the years for the obvious incapability of the federal government to satisfy the phrases of its agreements with the union.
In keeping with Esele, the NLC should have staged the protest a very long time in the past to indicate its displeasure however “higher late than by no means.’’
He identified that the present strike might harm the upcoming basic elections, advising authorities to take steps to resolve the problems with ASUU, to save lots of the way forward for democracy within the nation.
The previous TUC chief famous that the newest ASUU strike might have been averted if the Federal Authorities had stored religion and revered the phrases of agreements reached with ASUU.
“In case you ask why ASUU is on strike proper now, it’s as a result of they’d negotiation with the Federal Authorities in 2009 and there was an settlement.
“That settlement was presupposed to have been carried out by the federal government however they didn’t implement it.
“In 2014, authorities paid N200 billion out of the N1.2 trillion ASUU demanded and in 2019, authorities paid solely N20 billion.
“So when authorities has gone forward to not fulfil the phrases of agreements reached, what you’ve gotten naturally is for ASUU to go on strike to press its calls for.”
Esele stated that the solidarity protest by the NLC nationwide was to make everyone know that the continual closure of public universities within the nation was harmful for the nation and the training sector particularly.