The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that it is well within its rights to protest against the continued stay of students at home, following failure of the authorities to reach an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who appeared on the Channels Television program, Politics Today said it is within the rights of Labour to defend their members as well as their children who have been out of school for the past five months.
Reacting further, he said the proposed action is not a solidarity protest, adding that the NLC is directly involved in the current dispute in the nation’s university system.
“All the four trade unions involved are affiliates of NLC. Secondly as citizens , our children have been out of school for 5 months, majority are children of working class and the less privileged, this alone should call for urgent action,” Wabba explained.
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He emphasized that all peaceful assembly are lawful and does not require any permission under the law.
According to him, in a democratic society such statement as was uttered by the minister is not consistent with the rule of law.