The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has issued a directive to all zonal coordinators and chairpersons, instructing them to mobilize members for a nationwide strike in alignment with the directives from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The letter, signed by ASUU’s National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, was issued on Monday night.
According to the letter, the Nigeria Labour Congress, in collaboration with the Trade Union Congress, has directed all affiliate unions to commence the withdrawal of services starting from midnight on November 13, 2023. As an affiliate of the NLC, ASUU members are directed to join the nationwide strike to protect the interests of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the union.
The letter further urges zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons to promptly mobilize ASUU members to actively participate in the action. It emphasizes the importance of unity, stating, “A people united cannot be defeated.”
This announcement comes in the wake of the Labour Centres’ declaration of a nationwide strike on Monday. The strike is a response to the assault on the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and other executives in Owerri, Imo State, on November 1. It also addresses pending labor issues in Imo State. The NLC President, Joe Ajaero, was reportedly arrested by the police ahead of a state-wide protest in Imo, as disclosed by the NLC’s Head of Information, Benson Upah.