January 28, 2020

Parents, students appeal to FG, varsity staff to end strike

Some parents and students on Tuesday appealed to the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing dispute with the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the unions under the aegis of Joint Action Committee (JAC) announced on Friday that they would embark on a five-day nationwide warning strike.

The industrial action, the unions claimed, was due to the failure of the Federal Government to show commitment toward meeting their demands after the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum.

The leadership of the unions accused the government of failing to show firm commitment toward resolving the issues raised, including the payment of earned allowances to members, University Staff Schools tussle and the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement.

Some affected parents and students, who spoke in separate interviews with NAN in Iseyin, decried the incessant strikes and called for a solution.

A former lawmaker in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Afeez Adeleke, advised the Federal Government to convene an education summit with major stakeholders in order to find an enduring solution.

Adeleke, who was the Chairman, House Committee on Education, expressed optimism that such a summit would find a lasting solution to the crisis and incessant industrial actions.

“I am a parent too and with my experience when I was chairman of the education committee, I know that the best way to have this resolved is to call everybody in the education sector to a round table,” he said.

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