The National Union of Banking, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has said it will join the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in its solidarity strike against the continuing strike by the University Academic Staff Union ( ASUU).
NUBIFIE said so in a statement signed on Sunday by its National President, Mr. Anthony Abakpa, and its Secretary General, Mr. Mohammed Sheikh.
The NLC had said it would embark on a nationwide protest on July 26-27 in solidarity with unions at Nigerian public universities and others.
The Chairman of the NLC, Mr. Ayubaa Wabba, said so in a circular co-signed by Mr. Emmanuel Ugboaja, Secretary General of the Congress in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the circular, which was issued on July 15, was addressed to chairpersons and secretaries of state councils of the NLC.
NUBUFIE said it was clear that the persistent teachers’ strike, since February 14, would continue to weigh heavily on students’ academic performance.
He also noted the psychological trauma he caused to both the student and the poor parents.
NUBIFIE called on President Muhammadu Buhari to concretely intervene and end the ongoing strikes.
The NUBIFIE statement read in part: “However, if after a day of protest by the NLC on this issue and nothing is done, the union will have no choice but to call all of our members into the banks, insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU.“
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ASUU has since February 14 embarked on an indefinite strike for a face-off with the government.
The union had accused the government of failing to implement the memorandum of understanding and the action protocol signed between the two parties.
Other issues include the government’s lack of commitment to payment of earned academic allowances and the continued use of the integrated staff payroll information system.
The speakers are also unhappy with the government’s refusal to embrace the solution of university transparency and accountability and the proliferation of universities in the country. (NOPE)