ASUU Strike: NANS, stake holders, parents threatens protest against ASUU.

ASUU Strike: NANS, stake holders, parents threatens protest against ASUU.

ASUU strike

Stakeholders, parents, the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS have refuted  the resolution of Academic Staff Union of Universities to go on warning strike for four-weeks in order to force  the Nigerian  Government to accept  their decision.

NANS ON ASUU STRIKE.

On details about ASUU strike, NANS has resolved  to mobilise students accross all its chapters to protest against the university lecturers to ensure that the ASUU strike is suspended indefinitely.

After a long meeting about the ongoing ASUU strike that lasted all through the weekend, the union declared four-week warning strike which is to take  effect from Monday.  ASUU decision is to  register their grievances on government’s inability to implement its formal agreement with the University union.

The president of national association of Nigerian students, Mr Asefon Sunday expressed his grievances saying that the  Nigerian students are regularly at the receiving end in every  fight between government and ASUU. He further stated that each time there is any form of face-off between ASUU and federal government, it always end up on ASUU strike. 

On the  last nine-month of ASUU strike that was  suspended some times in December, the NANS president  expressed his displeasure on its impact that is still being felt by all affected Nigerian students.

 “We are not in support of ASUU Strike or the Federal Government reluctance on state of education in the country. Nigerian students wants to  return to class without any forms of strike by ASUU.  I am assuring you that in the next 24-hours, students accross Nigerian universities will take actions that will revert the ASUU strike." Mr Asefon stated. 

“The last “C” (confrontation) is now the only option at our disposal. Yes, Nigerian students will confront who is involve to make sure there is no ASUU strike. We will confront all to make sure lecturers resumes classes with Nigerian Students accross all universities.  Watch us and keep your fingers crossed,  the  actions of Nigerian students across the nation will soon be seen and felt. It will be an actions that will force both ASUU and federal government to revert the ASUU strike. The two parties will see what Nigerian students are capable of doing. Yes, ASUU strike must not hold." Mr Asefon further added.

" if  elephants are fighting, all grasses around suffers. Yes, Nigerian students always have been at the receiving end. Students have been the ones suffering all ASUU strikes,” he said.

The NANS president, Mr Asefon expressed his displeasure on FG failure to end the regular rifts with ASUU which has lingered for years. The rifts had previously slowed academic activities in Nigerian universities due to its end results that always leads to ASUU strikes. 

Mr Asefon accused academic staff union of universities of being insensitive and not considerate to the plights of Nigerian students.

The NANS president expressed that ASUU as a union does not consider NANS hence refused to carry them along. 

Mr Asefon further stated  that ASUU union  has offended all students in Nigeria as they disagree with the FG  during the last nine-month of ASUU strike.

“As students, we are human and educated also,  we understand everything they are demanding for is purely for the benefit of students in Nigeria but  one can not be fighting for me and not carrying me along. We are students and we are also stakeholders as long as education is concerned. He said. 

He further expressed “in all ASSU strikes, ASUU has not called National association of Nigerian students to carry us along. During the tenure of Emmanuel Osodeke who is a professor, I tried to reach out to the prof, all he could tell me was to relate with the ASUU chairman in my immidiate school. I keep wondering if I am the  president of Student union government in my school. 

“For all the nine months of ASUU strike, they couldn't attain  any of their goals. I wonder how the present ASUU strike would be a driving force that will compel the government to do the wish of ASUU.

Moreover, Mr Asefon has called on Nigerian  President, retired General Buhari to relief  both ministers of education and labour, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige of their jobs  for not resolving issues bordering the ASUU strike. 

“Nigerian students wants  FG to sack ministers of education and labour. We only want sincere  people,” he expressed in anger.

Accademic staff union of universities (ASUU) had accused the Nigerian Government  of not being  committed to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) which was signed by representatives of ASUU and FG.

PROF OSODEKE ON ASUU STRIKE

Osodeke who is a professor in one of  the universities  lamented that after  13 years the agreement was signed, its provisions were just partially attended to by the FG, while funding, the conditions of service for academic staffs and autonomy continue to be left unattended on campuses.

“After our pressure and insistence, the Federal government reluctantly agreed to start re-negotiation of the already signed agreement. The renegotiation process was concluded in 2021. To our surprise, federal government has not  indicate any readiness to sign the agreement that  is needed to address the deteriorating  universities.”

  “FG  failed to  implement the MoA it signed with ASUU on December 23, 2020. The draft report of  Renegotiated 2009 FGN and ASUU agreement has since been submitted since nine months but  nothing that the forceful payment of ASUU members’ salaries and emoluments with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and non-adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) have continued to shortchange our members, NEC resolved to embark on a four-week roll-over total and comprehensive strike action beginning from Monday.” the prof noted. 

It was in 1988 that Nigeria  first recorded national strike by university workers to press home  for fair wages and rightful  university autonomy. When universities went on strike that year, the FG  proscribed ASUU.  ASUU proscription was done on 7th  August 1988 .

ASUU was unbanned in 1990. On 23/08/1992 after two years, ASUU was banned again. On September 3rd  1992, an agreement was signed. Another two years after, that was 1994, the union went on strike; ASUU  also went on strike in 1996. Following all the trends, ASUU strike has being on and on due to FG unwillingness to attend to state of Nigerian universities. 

These were the  years of military dictatorships by Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and the late  Gen. Sani Abacha.

After the military regime, barely three years into democracy that brought in former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the Yoruba ethnic group, ASUU were still persisting on its demand .

In October 2009, an MoU was entered  by both FG and ASUU and the existing ASUU strike then was called off. There was a good respite for almost  four years.

As at 2016 to 2017, the narratives of ASUU strike  did not change. Alot of  Observers of the educatinal sector are wondering how incessant ASUU strike have not been able to get lasting solutions to ASUU demands. 

Experts  noted that  the fact that past ministers of education  and the incumbent Minister of Education, a person of Adamu Adamu were formal  university workers, they have not been able to end  the face-off between ASUU and FG.

Olawale Albert on ASUU strike

Olawale Albert who is a researcher, is of the idea  that there are  three critical stakeholders in the issue of ASUU strikes in Nigerian universities. According to Albert, the first and most important stakeholder is the government that are not up-to-date in funding the universities since the late 1970s. 

The 2nd stakeholder in ASUU strike are university staffs that won't mind shutting down universities for months in the name of ASUU strike to press for their demands that FG is very reluctant to meet.

The third stakeholder in ASUU strike  are all  Nigerians that usually responds to ASUU strike with deep fear. This is because no parents  want their child/children to spend  longer time  in school than accademic calendars.

Other accademic experts noted  that worker's strike , especially  ASUU strike has become engraved in Nigeria. According to the experts, industrial actions are not restricted to ASUU strike  and these strikes have big impacts on Nigerian development.


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