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Nigerian Banks, Other Finance Houses Move To Shut Down Over University Lecturers’ Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) earlier announced that it would mobilise members for a solidarity nationwide strike next week.

The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) has announced that it will mobilise its members to join the nationwide strike planned for next Tuesday and Wednesday over the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) earlier announced that it would mobilise members for a solidarity nationwide strike next week.


NUBIFIE stated its commitment to the planned protest in a statement jointly signed by its national president, Anthony Abakpa, and general secretary, Mohammed Sheikh, on Sunday.

The group said as a result of the protest, it will shut down banking and insurance services across the country to force President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime to end the indefinite industrial action embarked upon by the public university lecturers’ union, ASUU.

The strike started on February 14, 2022, meaning academic activities in public universities across the country have been grounded for five months.

“However, if after the one-day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done, the union will have no other option than to call out all our members in banks, insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU,” the group said.

SaharaReporters earlier reported that The Take-It-Back Movement led by human rights activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has also declared its support for the two-day nationwide protests planned by the NLC, over the ongoing strike.

“Take-It-Back Movement supports the two-day nationwide protest declared by the NLC over the ongoing ASUU strike. We call on students, workers, and particularly all our members nationwide to mobilize and join the action in their respective states. #WeCantContinueLikeThis," the group tweeted on Monday morning.

The NLC had earlier said it would organise nationwide protests on July 26 and 27 over the failure of Mr Buhari’s regime to resolve the impasse.

“We have scheduled as follows the national days of protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigeria’s public universities fighting for quality education. The dates are on July 26 and 27 at all the state capitals of the federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory and take-off points are at the NLC State Secretariats and the Labour House, Abuja,” NLC said on Sunday.