The Education Right Campaign (ERC), a civil right movement poised to give the Nigerian education a voice had issued a press statement today condemning the Governor Yahaya Bello’s ban of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Kogi state chapter.
According to the northern zonal coordinator who made this available to conscience radio, comrade Dimeji Macaulay condemn the governor’s decision of banning the state branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from holding rallies and lawful gathering that the act is an assault on democratic rights especially the right to freedom of association as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the ILO convention 87 on Freedom of Association and protection of the right which Nigeria is a signatory.
Furthermore, in the statement he says, the government of Yahaya Bello must understand that strike actions and protest are beauty of democracy and as a benefactor of such system of government, he must allow strike actions to take place.
It will be recall that the cause of the strike action is the inability of the state governor to pay the state owned higher institution workers salaries and due to deadlock on previous negotiation, the decided to suspend the Association.
The activist urge all education stakeholders in the state and concern Nigerians to condemn the action of the governor and urge the governor to do something urgent that public education is a right not a privilege.