ASUU strike and need for sta­bil­ity in uni­ver­si­ties

Sunday Trust - - VIEW POINT - Aon­dover Eric Msug­hter wrote from the De­part­ment of Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Bayero Univer­sity, Kano

It has been over two weeks since the Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties (ASUU) em­barked on an in­def­i­nite strike and yet noth­ing mean­ing­ful has come out of their meet­ings with the gov­ern­ment con­cern­ing the strike. ASUU, at its NEC meet­ing of 3rd and 4th No­vem­ber, 2018, at the FUTA, re­solved to re­sume the na­tional wide strike ac­tion it sus­pended in Septem­ber, 2017, yet noth­ing tan­gi­ble was done to avert the sit­u­a­tion.

The Na­tional Pres­i­dent of the ASUU, Prof. Bio­dun Ogun­yemi, had said that all en­treaties made to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to hon­our the agree­ment with the union fell on deaf ears and they had no other al­ter­na­tive but to em­bark on strike. This is bad for the stu­dents, as it has pre­vented them from at­tend­ing lec­tures and writ­ing ex­am­i­na­tion ac­cord­ing to sched­ule.

Some stu­dents who can­not af­ford trans­porta­tion fare back home due to the fact that they were not an­tic­i­pat­ing the strike at this time, are still roam­ing around the cam­puses aim­lessly. This is not good for our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem.

I ac­knowl­edge the ef­forts by the Vice Pres­i­dent, Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo and that of the Min­is­ter of Labour and Pro­duc­tiv­ity, Chris Ngige, in tack­ling the is­sue, how­ever they need to do more so that the mat­ter can be re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble. The idle mind is the devil’s work­shop, there­fore, ev­ery­thing nec­es­sary should be done to en­sure that the stu­dents re­turn to school and are oc­cu­pied. Sta­bil­ity in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor is nec­es­sary for the de­vel­op­ment of the na­tion.

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