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Coming on the heels of the previously announced nationwide protests which the group embarked on due to the lingering strike by ASUU, The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ebonyi State chapter has openly accused the Federal Government of Nigeria, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, and the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi of massive betrayal.
This asserion was made on Tuesday, during the protest.
The state chairman of the NLC, Mr. Ikechukwu Nwafor, was in charge of the protest and he had also led leaders and members of other affiliate unions that hail from various varsities and in the 13 LGAs of the state on the protest round the state capital.
The protesters were carrying placards with inscriptions; “ASUU demands FG to give us better pay package”, “FG: deploy UTAS in full that will accommodate the percularity of the university”, “FG:Improved welfare is our right”, “FG: bring our children back to school”, “FG: No going back on this structure Aluta continua Victoria arceta” etc.
According to Nwafor: “Federal Government has betrayed the educational sector, and Ebonyi State Government led by Governor David Umahi have also betrayed the workers of Ebonyi State.
“We stand to say that those who betrayed the workers of the state will himself be betrayed, ” he stated.
The chairmen of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, especially that of Ebonyi State University, FUNAI, Ebonyi College of Education, among others who spoke to journalists during the protest said the strike will continue until their demands are met by federal government and Ebonyi state government.
Some of the ASUU chairmen; FUNAI and EBSU, Mr. Egwu Oguaga and Mr. Ikechukwu Okorie said:”We are here today to call for emancipation of our country from the hands of those who wants to kill it. The main purpose of this struggle is to tell Nigerians that we have government that is insincerity to the plights of Nigerian people.
“In five months, university lecturers are at home and we cannot teach our students. The lecturers are not well taken care of. We are that this strike must continue until our demands are met.”