In response to the ongoing strike initiated by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), students from Government Secondary School and Junior Secondary School in Kubwa, Abuja, have been sent home until further notice. The strike, protesting the proposed N60,000 minimum wage by the Federal Government, has led to significant disruptions in educational activities.

Several senior secondary school students, who were gearing up for their second periodic tests, expressed their uncertainty about the immediate future of their education. One student shared, “We are in SS1. We just finished Assembly this morning and were asked to go back home due to the strike. They said it’s until further notice or until they call us back. We were supposed to start periodic tests next week, but now we don’t know what will happen.”

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The strike, which began on Monday, has seen widespread participation from various unions. In addition to the NLC and TUC, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, aviation unions such as the National Union of Air Transport Employees, the Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals, and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers have all joined the industrial action.

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The shutdown of schools in Abuja is one of many disruptions across the country, as organized labor and allied unions press for better wage conditions and improved labor rights. The indefinite nature of the strike has left many students, parents, and educators in a state of limbo, awaiting further developments and hoping for a swift resolution