Strike will make Govt focus on Quality Education –ASUU, unlike before where attention is not given to Education sector.
The Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, says the ongoing nationwide strike by ASUU will encourage the government to review its strategy on commercialising education and starving public universities of funds.
The union insists that it was the only avenue to compel the government to respond to the plight of the citizens, calling on Nigerians, especially parents, to bear with the union as no good thing comes without pain.
The AAU chapter of ASUU, in a statement says the government should be adequately confronted for its plan to raise the cost of education beyond the reach of the poor majority of Nigerians.
Strike Will Make Govt Focus On Quality Education –ASUU
Nigerians should bear with us as no good things comes without pain, says ASUU
In a statement signed by the union’s chairperson, Dr Monday Igbafen, it tasked all stakeholders in the education sector, particularly the students and parents, on the need to join the patriotic struggle to defend the adequate funding of education in the country, describing the ongoing strike as a veritable motif to bring about quality education to the country.
Igbafen says: “Nigerians should bear with us. ASUU is fighting the people’s battle. Our union is struggling to ensure that the children of the poor, who cannot afford the prohibitive cost paid in private universities or do not have opportunities to study outside Nigeria, get quality education which is now priced beyond their reach.
“This will only happen when the government adequately funds public universities and addresses the rot and decay in them.”
The union also accused some government leaders of gross insensitivity to the sad realities in public universities because their children were not in Nigerian universities.
“This is responsible for the obvious lack of committed interest and concern of the government to the earnest resolution of the issues which led to the ongoing strike,” the statement added.
FG plans to explore other options if lecturers remain adamant
According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the Federal Government would explore other provisions in the labour law if the disagreement between the FG and the striking lecturers is not resolved by next week, precisely.
Government has met six of the union’s nine demands.
Ngige also stresses that the government has met six of the union’s nine demands.
“Even if countries go to war, at the end of the day they come to the negotiation table. I’m inviting them (ASUU) next week. We are doing side meetings on our part and we are collating everything. I’m collating responses from the Accountant General of the Federation’s Office and everybody who has something to do with this matter”, he said.
Ondo varsity on verge of collapse, Asuu raises alert
Branch chairman of the institution, Dr. Simon Ehiabhi, called on government for urgent financial intervention and increased funding (subvention).
According to him: “As a result of non-release of the check-off dues, it has become extremely difficult for the unions to carry out some statutory functions to members in particular and to the general public, while the ASCMS is also going through difficult challenges in promptly meeting the financial needs of its members.
“Despite the fact that AAUA had been rated as the best state University in Nigeria on several occasions and also in the 2020 webometrics ranking due to the commitment and dedication of staff of the University to the goals of University education, it is heartrending and unfortunate that the same members of staff are being subjected to poverty and penury as a result of non-payment of staff salaries as and when due.
“The once vibrant University campus is now full of staff with sad faces, wallowing in pains, sickness, deprivation, want, frustration and perhaps haplessness.
“The Union urges the State Government, as a matter of urgency, to bail the university out of its present financial predicament, as a short term measure, in order for the University to pay outstanding salaries of July, August, September and October 2020 and also the 10 months outstanding Union and Cooperative deductions in order to avoid imminent crisis and industrial disharmony.
“As a long-term measure, the budgetary allocation (subvention) to Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko should be appreciably increased to be able to accommodate staff wage bills and other University activities.”