…As Clearing agents, dock workers, others mull protest***
After a marathon meeting between members of the
Academic Staff Union of Universities and Federal Government over the on-going
strike, the union has said the Federal Government failed to make fresh offer on
funding for the revitalisation of public universities in the country.
Also, the union stated that government is yet to address the issue of renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement in its new offer made to the union on Monday.
This was disclosed by the President of ASUU, Professor Biodun
Ogunyemi in a bulletin he sent to branches of the union.
Ogunyemi said: “At the meeting held on January 21, 2019 between the union and government agents (the Minister of Labour and Employment and Representatives of relevant government agencies), government improved its earlier offer.”
“However, government has failed to address the crucial issues of funding for the revitalisation of public universities in Nigeria and renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement.
“To confuse the public about our struggle, agents of
government and some haters of our principled and purposeful struggle are
peddling all sorts of misinformation through various media. Members must
disregard any media information unverified or not authenticated by the union.”
In the meantime, freight forwarders operating in Lilypond Container Terminal, Ijora, are planning to protest the lack of business activities in the nation’s foremost dry port.
The agents, at a joint meeting held under the aegies of Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), dock workers, under the aegis of Maritime Workers Union, National Council of Managing Directors of Customs Licensed Agents, Lilyoond Chapter, regretted that the concessionaire of the terminal, APMT, had been postponing resumption of activities.
At the meeting, members decried the attitude of APMT to their plight, accusing the operator of insincerity.
“On more than two occasions, APMT has failed to meet up with their promise of resuming operations here. We are sick and tired of this, so the only option is to stage a peaceful protest against them,” the members said.
However, there was a sharp division as to when the protest should hold. While some favoured end of this month, others craved for the action to be after the general elections. It was however unanimously agreed that whatever action would be taken on this would not be before February 1.
Vanguard with additional report from The Nation