ASUU Unhappy with Organisation of NLC Protest in Anambra

By Ikeugonna Eleke

There was confusion, Tuesday in Anambra State, over the solidarity strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Though members of affiliate unions of NLC came out for the protest, members of ASUU expressed displeasure about the organisation of the exercise.

The solidarity march which started at Aroma Junction, ended within 20 minutes to the displeasure of members of ASUU.

Some members of ASUU who spoke to Fides on condition of anonymity said the NLC compromised in holding the solidarity march, saying that the plan was to block the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, so as to make impact.

An ASUU member told Fides, ‘How can they start and end a protest within 20 minutes?’

But the Chairman of NLC in the State, Mrs Chinwe Orizu, who addressed members of the union, called on the federal government to see reasons to open the universities for members of ASUU and students to return to school.

She appealed to ASUU members to stop the blame game, describing it as distraction to the main protest.

Meanwhile, there was heavy security presence at Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, venue of the rally.

NLC members who converged in Alex Ekwueme Square, marched from the square to Aroma and blocked the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway for about five minutes, while motorists were a bit stranded within the short moment.