Hardship: NANS to NLC, Don’t Go on Strike


The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, not to consider resolving its grievances with the federal government without going on strike.

The association noted that any industrial action by organised labour would aggravate the economic situation in the country rather than solve any problem.

The position of NANS was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Senate President, Comrade Akinteye Afeez.

“As the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) considers the possibility of embarking on strike action, we are expressing concerns about the potential repercussions on academic activities and the overall welfare of citizens. While acknowledging the legitimate grievances of workers and the need for improved working conditions, we are appealing to the NLC to reconsider their decision and prioritize collaboration with the government for the greater good of the nation.

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“The Nigerian government has reportedly fulfilled approximately 60% of the demands presented by the NLC, indicating a commitment to addressing the concerns of workers and improving their welfare. However, the looming threat of a strike poses a significant risk of further exacerbating the economic challenges facing the nation and disrupting the lives of ordinary citizens, including students.

“The impact of a strike on academic activities would be particularly devastating for students, who are already grappling with various challenges within the educational system. Disruptions to academic calendars, examinations, and other educational activities could derail the progress of students and exacerbate the already precarious situation in the education sector.

“In light of these pressing concerns, we are appealing to the NLC to shun the path of strike action and explore alternative avenues for resolving disputes with the government. We believe that dialogue and constructive engagement are essential for addressing grievances and achieving meaningful progress in improving the welfare of workers and citizens alike.

“Furthermore, we emphasize the importance of unity and solidarity in times of crisis, urging the NLC to join hands with the government and other stakeholders in advancing the development agenda of the nation. By working together collaboratively, we believe that sustainable solutions can be found that will benefit all segments of society.

“As stakeholders in the future of the nation, we stand ready to support the NLC in their advocacy efforts and engage constructively in dialogue with the government to address the remaining challenges facing workers. We appeal to the NLC to prioritize the national interest above all else and seek common ground with the government to ensure the well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians.

“In conclusion, we appeal to the NLC to reconsider their decision to embark on strike action and instead embrace dialogue and cooperation as the most effective means of achieving their objectives. By working together with the government and other stakeholders, we believe that meaningful progress can be made towards building a better and more prosperous Nigeria for all.”