By Jude Michael

The organisation of the solidarity protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Anambra has fallen short of the expectations of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which did not pull any punches in expressing its displeasure.Though members of affiliate unions of the NLC came out for the protest, members of ASUU expressed displeasure about the organisation of the exercise which lasted briefly.The solidarity march, which started at Arroma Junction, ended within 20 minutes to the displeasure of members of ASUU.Some members of ASUU who spoke to _Trinitas_ on the condition of anonymity said the NLC compromised in holding the solidarity march, saying that the plan was to block the Enugu-Onitsha expressway so as to make impact.An ASUU member told Trinitas, ‘How can they start and end a protest within 20 minutes?’But the chairman of the NLC in the state, Mrs Chinwe Orizu, who addressed members of the union, called on the federal government to see reasons to open the universities for members of ASUU and students to return to school.She appealed to ASUU members to stop the blame game, describing it as a distraction to the main protest. Meanwhile, there was heavy security presence at Dr Alex Ekwueme Square, venue of the rally. NLC members who converged at Alex Ekwueme Square marched from the square to Arroma and blocked the Enugu-Onitsha expressway for about five minutes, while motorists were a bit stranded within the short moment.

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