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Urgent need to resolve FG/ASUU crisis for students’ good

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RECENTLY, the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on behalf of the union, declared a one-month warning work-to-rule. The strike commenced on Monday.

 Obviously, the strike was informed by what the union called “government unfaithfulness” in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action it signed.

  This writer is much concerned about the fate of students, parents and guardians. Virtually all parents of these students are tired and unhappy over forced holiday as a result of incessant strikes caused by rifts between ASUU/FG. Parents are paranoid at this terrible and precarious situation. Invariably, most of the students will return home and parents now plan their respective homes. Unplanned transport fare, feeding and other expenses will be made. lt’s excruciating based on the nation’s bad economy.

This, certainly, is not the best of time for embarking on strike. The worst hit is the South East Zone of the country, where every Monday now turns to sit-at-home. The efforts of lecturers to ensure lectures are covered are defeated. This ugly situation will definitely affect the output of students when they finally graduate.      

  To nip this in the bud, federal government should stop negating on agreed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The issues are: adequate funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, universities transparency accountability solutions, promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU/FG agreement and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll Personnel Information System Payment. lt would be recalled that federal government made some sacrifices by paying the sum of N22 billion earned allowances. Since then, it has been “to your tent O Israell”.

lt’s unfair! It is also on record that the co-chairmen of the National lnter- religious Council, the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed  Abubakar III  and the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dr Samson Ayokunle visited the president of the nation, Muhammadu Buhari over the issues between ASUU and FG.

Something urgent needs to be done before the four weeks warning strike. Our children can no longer afford to miss years in school. It is sickening for students to stay over two years to the stipulated time or scheduled duration.   

  No doubt, education is the key to success of every nation and Nigeria must not toy with it. All hands must be on deck to ensure that the crisis is resolved. Students can boost more than half number of the youth population.Their stay in school is profoundly helpful for the nation.

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