Market women join NLC solidarity protest for ASSU in Taraba
Market women in Taraba on Tuesday joined the solidarity protest organized by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), for Nigeria university striking lectures, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Mrs Agnes Panya, the spokesperson for the women at the protest in Jalingo said, they had decided to join the protest to protect the academic future of their children.
According to her, ensuring that their children acquire higher education was the only hope for surviver when old age finally exit them from the market since most of them have long ago, lost their husbands.
“We believe that our children would have reasonable jobs to take care of us and build our families if they acquire higher education when the old age finally exit us from the market.
“Some of us have many years ago lost our husbands, but what is keeping our hope alive is our children, who are in the university.
“We believe that they will grow and serve as children and husband if they acquire higher education but if the universities are not open for them to go back to school then, our hope would be lost.
“70 per cent of bandits and criminals in Nigeria are non educated youth, we are afraid that this children may turn to join criminal groups due to idleness if the institutions remain closed,” she said.
Earlier, Mr Peter Jediel, the state NLC chairman told Representatives of the Taraba state governor at the government house that the NLC in solidarity with other Unions in the state were complaying with the directives from the national secretariat of the union.
He appealed to the state government to contribute its quota to ensure that the Federal government end the ASSU strike within one week.
Meanwhile, the Taraba Commissioner for Special Duties and Humanitarian Affairs, Mr Taninga Binga, while responding on behalf on behalf of the Taraba Government promised that, the state government would collaborate with other states in the country to intervene.