The Federal Government has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to shelve its nationwide planned protest in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made the appeal at a meeting with the leadership of NLC in his office in Abuja.
This was made known in a statement signed by Mr. Olajide Oshundun, Head, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry.
The decision to embark on a `National Day of Protest was taken at the NLC National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in June.
The National protest is scheduled for July 26 and 27 to ensure students go back to school and also in support of the unions in Nigeria’s public universities fighting for quality education.
According to the Minister, the Federal Government has made a lot of efforts to resolve the impasse in the university system, adding that efforts were still ongoing.
Mr. Ngige noted that efforts of the government to resolve the impasse are well-known to the Unions, so they could not embark on any rally or protest.
He further said that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) mandated him to notify them of the serious security implications of the planned protest.