The Secretary of State for Labor and Employment, Festus Keyamo, SAN, has called on Nigerian parents and guardians whose parents are affected by the continued cessation of academic activities in government-owned universities to appeal to the Academic Staff Union of Universities to the ongoing strike.
ASUU had declared a nationwide strike on Monday, February 14, 2022.
According to the union, the strike was the result of the government’s failure to meet certain requirements, such as release of the revitalization funds for universities, release of earned fees for university teachers, use of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of university teachers, renegotiation of, among others, the ASUU-Federal Government 2009 agreement.
Since the start of the strike, stakeholders had called on the regime of the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), to find a lasting solution to the strike and increase funding for tertiary institutions.
During a meeting with Education Minister Adamu Adamu, along with his other colleague, the president issued a directive to the concerned members of his cabinet to ensure a swift solution to the strike.
However, our correspondent reports that nearly three weeks after the president’s directive, the union has not yet suspended its strike.
To be seen in a program on Channels TelevisionKeyamo noted that the government had done its best and appealed to parents to “beg” ASUU.
“The moment they went on strike, we intervened, what’s the way beyond that? Even before the strike started, we called them for a meeting, what’s more than that? It’s not that we made them go on strike first and we were asleep, when the conversation started they were still on strike.
“You can’t let one sector of the economy hold you back and then blackmail you into borrowing N1.2 trillion and our total income is about N6.1 trillion and we have roads to build, health centers and other sectors to to take care of.
“I will tell the parents, everyone to go and beg ASUU, as the president said last time, those who know them should appeal to their sense of patriotism. The nation cannot come to a halt because we want to meet ASUU’s demands.”