In the spirit of this year’s International Workers’ Day, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential aspirant under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform, demanded a speedy resolution to the ongoing furor between the federal government and the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU).
On February 14, 2022, ASUU declared a national strike to assert its demands with the federal government regarding working conditions, the revitalization of public universities across the country, among others.
Atiku, in a statement on Sunday, instructed relevant authorities to adopt approaches that could prevent recurrent industrial actions.
“I call on the Federal and State Governments to redouble their efforts to bring the University Academic Staff Union and other striking unions back to the bargaining table for the benefit of Nigerian youth and the country’s education system. , which is gradually dying because of these incessant labor unrest”.
The former vice president also lamented the debilitating conditions under which Nigerian workers operate in the country, urging the federal government to provide them with better welfare.
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“I am concerned that wages have remained static, food shortage and inflation abound everywhere, children are out of school through no fault of yours, farmers can no longer go to farm for fear of bandits , traders cannot move freely without being kidnapped, no industries and energy companies for electricity close geometrically; all conspired the burden on the citizens.
He, however, instructed Nigerian workers “to adopt a new approach to industrial action and dispute resolution by pursuing pro-worker policies and positions that will ensure improved national productivity and better working conditions.”
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