ASUU strike: FG urged to convene emergency meeting of education sector stakeholders now
As the warning strike launched by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues, the need to convene an emergency meeting of stakeholders in the education sector has been stressed.
The reason for convening the meeting is to propose a lasting solution to the myriad of challenges that militate against the smooth functioning of the country’s education sector, particularly the persistent strike actions that have held back higher education institutions. .
In the same vein, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been called upon to listen to the government for the general benefit of Nigerian students.
The call was made by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) during a press conference held on Sunday at the Secretariat of the Student Union (SUG) Government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), in Bauchi.
NANS National Director of Administration and Strategy, Prince Mohammed Sani Hassan, speaking to reporters, lamented that “the university strike in Nigeria is becoming a norm with successive governments, including the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which has failed to respond to demands and the 2008 Agreement signed by the Federal Government and ASUU.
He added that “this strike has continued to hurt more, the students and their parents who have worked very hard and ultimately have little in their pockets to support their respective children in Nigerian universities.”
Mohammed added that “it is in light of the above that the ASUU strike appears to be a festival in Nigeria that happens every year, leaving the consequences directly on the students.”
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According to him, “It is an incontrovertible discussion that a four-year course now takes no less than 7-8 years for a Nigerian student who is struggling tooth and nail to survive in the current economic realities.”
“We therefore deem it appropriate and necessary, as stakeholders in this struggle, to speak to you about these continuing clashes between members of the Universities Academic Staff Union and the Federal Government to end this long-running feud that is alienating Nigerian students. of their classrooms. “, he underlined.
He said that “the federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Education under the competent supervision of Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Minister of Labor, Chris Ngige, should guarantee the respect of the agreement adopted previously”.
“Government and ASUU are stakeholders and at the same time team players in this game which has made this government its reputation in the education sector after being pro-ASUU in the past,” said he added.
The NANS director said that “we have not yet emerged from the negative effects of the similar action last year, as this strike is never expected to end anytime soon. We all saw what happened last year when this type of strike happened and the federal government and ASUU ended it at a roundtable.
He pointed out that “this strike has continued to greatly affect the chances of the less privileged to reach the top of their careers because all the students currently at home are those of the underdogs”.
Mohammed said that “ASUU leadership needs to call its members to order and let them know that there is an increasing number of graduates sitting at home and given the scarcely available job opportunities, this should serve as a warning signal to university professors”.
“The government must know that education is a right of every Nigerian child, so it must be a priority to secure the future of the nation amid growing insecurity,” he said.
According to him, “Illiteracy and increasing unemployment have been identified as the main factors that continue to traumatize Nigerians, then it becomes more necessary for the government to create millions of investments in the education sector and to ensure wealth creation through empowerment programs”.
Sani Mohammed concluded that “As stakeholders, we will continue to be team players in creating the best platform for peace and unity to struggle in the country through our position to ensure that justice for Nigerian students cannot be compromised”.
He said “the sad reality is that many are losing out to serve their country through the compulsory national youth service program because of these persistent strikes which are about to cripple our education system.”
He went on to appreciate the efforts of Bauchi State Governor Sen Bala A Mohammed and security agencies for their efforts to secure peace in Bauchi State.