The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has given the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum to resolve its face-off with the four university-based unions that led to the ongoing strike.


Labour also said it would convene a special meeting of the Central
Working Committee, CWC, of all its affiliate unions to decide on the
next line of action, if the government failed to take urgent steps to
resolve the crisis.


These were contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting
between the leadership of the NLC and the four university-based unions
in Abuja.


It would be recalled that public universities in the country had been
closed down as a result of the strike embarked upon by the Academic
Staff Union of Universities, ASUU; Senior Staff Association of Nigerian
Universities, SSANU; Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied Educational
Institutions, NASU, and National Association of Academic
Technologists, NAAT.


This is as the non-teaching staff in the universities, under the umbrella of
Joint Action Committee, JAC, have threatened to embark on indefinite
strike over the failure of government to address the concerns they raised.

The two unions said they had written about 10 letters to the government,
drawing its attention to the last Memorandum of Action, MoA, entered
freely but lamented that the government neither responded to the letters
nor acknowledged them.