The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has called on the Federal Government to bring to an end the prolonged strike in the nation’s educational sector.
In a statement on Monday by its Deputy General Secretary, Comrade Umoh Ofonime, NAAPE expressed worry over the disagreement between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Comrade Ofonime said the prolonged strike action was having a “negative impact on the students in public universities” across the country.
ASUU had on February 14, this year, commenced a nationwide strike over the adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) of the government as the payment system in the university system, poor funding of universities, among other issues.
NAAPE, as a result of the ASUU strike, promised to join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to commence a nationwide protest on Tuesday and Wednesday next week in solidarity with the trade unions in the public universities.
Full statement below:
OUR CHILDREN IN THE TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS CANNOT REMAIN AT HOME IN PERPETUITY
The National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) has observed with regret how the Federal Government of Nigeria is treating the crises in the educational sector of the country whereby due to strikes, teaming Nigerian students have remained at home for over four (4) months.
The refusal of the Federal Government to honour the agreement signed with the union since 2009 is very disturbing, considering the negative impact the prolonged strike will create in the life of these children.
NAAPE, therefore, completely support the position of the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on a nationwide protest on July 26 and 27, 2022 in solidarity with the trade unions in the Nigeria Public Universities and others.
By this, the National Administrative Council have directed all branch chairmen/secretaries are requested to disseminate this information to all the members in their various branches to participate in the solidarity protest in their various states as follows:
Venue: All the states’ capitals of the federation and Abuja the federal capital
Take off Point: NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House, Abuja.
Kindly comply as directed.
Umoh Ofonime T.
Deputy General Secretary