The protest organised by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in solidarity with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced in Lagos State.

There is heavy presence of security operatives including the police and others are at the venue to prevent breach or attack on the protesters by thugs.

It was learnt that labour members, other unions, civil society groups gathered at under bridge axis in Ikeja.

The vehicular movements towards the protest venue have also been disrupted.
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) had on Monday called on members and civil society groups in Lagos State to come out massively on Tuesday morning to begin the two-day protest in solidarity with striking universities’ lecturers.

Mrs Funmi Sessi, state chairman of NLC, gave the directive at a stakeholders’ meeting at the union’s secretariat in Yaba, Lagos state.

She added that the exercise was ready to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the nationwide action.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been at loggerheads with the Federal Government since February 14 over the latter’s failure to honour some past agreements, among others.

The disagreement has kept students of public universities at home for the past five months.

Some other unions in the university system are also on strike due to disagreements with the Federal Government for different reasons.

The NLC therefore directed all sectors including the health, electricity and aviation to shut down operations and join the solidarity protest in support of the striking workers.

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