Support Us To Prevent Another Strike- ASUU Tells Students Movement - EDU-BIZNEWS


Friday, September 10, 2021

Support Us To Prevent Another Strike- ASUU Tells Students Movement

 Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked Student Union Government (SUG) in universities to support its efforts to avoid another industrial action.

The Zonal Coordinator, ASUU,Stanley Ogoun addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt on Friday, asked the various student bodies  to appeal to the Federal Government to stop compelling its members to embark on another strike that will distruption the  academic calendar and leave students stranded.

The union according to him, is not interested in going for another strike 

He stressed that ASUU’s consistent demand was to improve the standard of universities, lamenting that the government was only interested in proliferation of universities without adequately funding them.

His words,“The Academic Staff Union of Universities is calling on all students, parents and well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on government at both the Federal and state levels that our union is rejecting their directive for us to proceed on strike, for now.

“Fellow masses, please ask the government to prove us wrong, that strike is not the only language they understand", the union further appealed 

“Why compel us to disrupt academic activities again on our campuses, when we are yet to recover from the covid-19 assault?

ASUU is concerned that government has not demonstrated committment to addressing various demands by the union, to avoid strike 

“By deliberately rejecting and frustrating all overtures for peace, the government has spoken unequivocally that strike is the only language they understand".

“Our union is painfully resisting all attempts by the government to compel us to proceed on strike on strike so as to blackmail our union as they do with all labour unions in the country.”

Ogoun noted that the union should not be the ones crying and consistently fighting for government to do the right thing, adding that it should be a collective effort to save the falling standard of education in the country.

The lecturers added that union was not interested joining the increasing list of unions already on nationwide strike 

“You are aware that resident doctors are on strike due to governments preference for disruptive behaviour. Our courts were closed for a long time for the same reason.

“They have now asked us to join the queue. By subscribing to disruptive behaviour, government has affirmed to Nigerians its preferred national behavioural model.

“The average Nigerian is no longer in doubt of the fact that being civil is a recipe for total abandonment in this nation. As a union of intellectuals, we are amazed at the national preference for disruptive conduct as opposed to civility.

“All over the world, responsibility of government is to plan and prioritise national goals. In pursuit of these goals all critical assets for development are identified, harnessed and deployed by responsible government for attainment of goals.

“Please what are our national goals? permit us to ask if technological growth and its multiplier effect on social- economic development is one of our national aspirations”.

Ogoun further said that Governors were deliberately refusing to fund their premier universities, but preferred establishing new ones in their communities.

 “How can we explain the conduct of state governors, who were deliberately refusing to fund their premier state universities that were established for common good and unashamedly celebrate the establishment of new ones in their communities that would suffer the same fate after the end of their tenure in government.

“Very specifically and painfully some of the state universities in the zone have lost all sense of university autonomy due to the undue political interference by their visitors in the daily running of the university.

“For instance in Ignatius Ajuru University of education DVCs have not been appointed for several years because the visitor has not given approval.

“In the Niger Delta University the monthly subscription does not cover the salaries of staff so argumentation is required, but the two new universities have their salaries fully covered by this subvention”.

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