The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that the continuing strike by its members could also be extended as no concrete decision has been reached within the negotiation with the Federal Authorities. The union known as on mother and father and college students to indicate understanding over the event in order to save lots of Nigeria’s college system from collapse.
ASUU Nationwide President, Biodun Ogunyemi, made the enchantment in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday.
NAN stories that college lecturers had on November 5 launched into a strike, demanding the implementation of the 2009 settlement it entered into with the Federal Authorities.
The lecturers are additionally calling for full implementation of the Memorandum of Motion (MoA) settlement with the federal government in 2017; improved working circumstances and welfare package deal; and improve of amenities in universities throughout the nation.
In line with Mr Ogunyemi, the strike is to not short-change the scholars, mother and father and different key stakeholders however to save lots of the nation’s college system from collapse.
“We need to name on our college students and oldsters to indicate understanding with our wrestle as we’re on this collectively.
“The entire essence of this wrestle is to make sure that our college students get worthy and deserving certificates that they are going to be happy with anyplace they might discover themselves on this planet.
“The wrestle is to make sure too that we save Nigerian universities from going the best way our public major and secondary faculties have gone.
“At present, most mother and father are sending their kids and wards to non-public major and secondary faculties across the nation due to the perceived or alleged falling requirements.
“We are not looking for our universities to go the identical approach as a result of plenty of our mother and father might not be capable to afford the non-public college charges,’’ he mentioned.
The ASUU boss added that there was an pressing want for each the federal and state governments to rethink their strategy towards the event of universities to keep away from an outright collapse within the close to future.
“The unhappy factor now could be that the World Financial institution is giving funds to some non-public universities to thrive over public universities.
“Until Nigerians rise to the event and be a part of ASUU in placing stress on each the Federal and state governments to pay ample consideration to our universities, secondary and first faculties, we could also be going through a complete collapse of our academic sector, ‘’ Mr Ogunyemi mentioned.
He famous that college college students may be staying longer at dwelling as no concrete decision had been reached with the Federal Authorities to date. Mr Ogunyemi mentioned that representatives of the union met with the Federal Authorities on November 26 however that the assembly resulted in a impasse.
“We met on Monday with a view to attain an settlement on the important thing points we’re agitating for however nothing tangible got here out of the assembly.
“Relatively than come out with agency dedication on what to do about these calls for, they had been interesting to us to return to the school rooms whereas they sort out the problems; and to us they’ve missed the purpose.
“We had been advised that the negotiation will proceed on Friday, November 30 however up until now, as we communicate, I’ve not acquired any discover of assembly to that impact,’’ he mentioned.
NAN stories that the ASUU first met with the federal authorities on November 15 to deliberate on the problems. (NAN)