ASUU Strike Will Be Over ‘In A Few Months

  • Nigerian students were yesterday assured by the Federal Government that the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, would be over in a few months.

    Minister of Education, Mr Nyesom Wike stated this at the anniversary lecture of National Universities Commission, NUC, in Abuja.

    Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr. Macjohn Nwaobiala, the minister reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to resolving the ongoing strike.

    “The Federal Government is very concerned about the state of public tertiary institutions in the country. The Federal Government is really worried about the ongoing strike of ASUU and the strike would be resolved in a few months,” Wike said.

    In his paper presentation titled, ‘Turbulent and Testing Times for Global Higher Education: Lessons for Nigeria’, Professor John Daniel said “online teaching and learning is now part of the future of most universities. Nigeria should be very good at this because without embarrassing you by pressing the point, I note that your country, through 419 scams, is a world leader in the use of the internet for less desirable purposes.”

    According to him, higher education all over the world is facing lot of challenges that included youth unemployment and the current changes in the university system.

    “These are indeed turbulent times, not only for United States of America but also for much of higher education globally,” he said.

    In his goodwill message, a former Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Jubril Munzali, noted that the education sector has been underfunded for 21 years, with the significant increase in the funding of tertiary institutions being done over time, through the struggle of ASUU.

    He blamed the Federal Government for the lingering crisis rocking the nation’s university system.

    According to him, it is high time the Federal Government listened to its agencies and allow NUC perform its statutory role and fund universities based on the advice of its agencies like NUC.

    “Successive administrations in the country never paid adequate attention to university education,” Munzali said.

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    ASUU Says Politicians Have Not Hijacked Strike

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Niger Delta University (NDU) chapter, says it will not allowed opposition politicians to hijack the ongoing nationwide strike by the union.

    The Chairman of university chapter of the union, Dr. Beke Sese, gave the assurance on Tuesday while speaking at a solidarity rally at the premises of the Law Faculty of the university in Yenagoa.

    The union has been on strike since July 1.

    Sese expressed the union’s displeasure over the attempt to misconstrue the objective of the strike.

    “We are aware that some opposition politicians are trying to capitalise on the current ASUU strike to cast aspersions on government and inadvertently trivialise our genuine struggle.

    “Let me state here that ASUU is not a party to such cheap manifestation of political opportunism.

    “We rather wish to implore this government to make history by commencing the process of revitalising public universities to a height never attained by any previous administration.”

    He recalled that the union had over the years, consistently engaged successive governments through dialogue, to compel the political leadership to arrest the rot in the university system.

    According to him, the leadership of ASUU has held several talks with the Federal Government over a possible peaceful resolution of the present crisis.

    “But it is quite disheartening that the government has refused to show the necessary commitment and sincerity in its self-proclaimed effort to address our demand.

    “Rather than honour an agreement it freely entered into with our union after several months of negotiation, government has resorted to arbitrary imposition of money.”

    Sese said that the purported disbursement of N100 billion to address the funding requirement of some universities was arbitrary.

    He recalled that the government had promised to stimulate the process of revitalising the university system with an initial sum of N100 billion for 2012.

    This, he said, would be built up to a yearly sum of N400 billion in the three years from 2013 to 2015 as intervention.

    “But regrettably, the said N100 billion being purportedly disbursed is, therefore, not at variance with the 2009 agreement and MoU signed with government on the 24th of January, 2012.

    “Rather, it appears to be a strategy of government aimed at dividing us.

    “By our estimation, the MoU should have fetched the universities a total sum of N500 billion by now, if government had faithfully implemented the 2012 agreement.”

    Sese said the the claim that there were no funds to implement the 2009 agreement was untenable, adding that the same government had within the last three years provided trillions of naira from public coffers as “bail outs” to support private concerns such as banks and arlines.

    The union chairman urged parents to support ASUU’s effort to compel government to “do what is right for university education”.

    He said that the union would remain determined in its effort to bring a drastic change in the university system.

    NAN reports that the solidarity rally, which was supposed to be a public rally along major roads of Yenagoa, was cut short by the Bayelsa Police Command as it refused to grant the union a rally permit. [NAN]

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