The National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria has sought audience with the federal government over the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The association is also proposing the payment of N10,000 per session for each parent to help the government make more money available for universities.

NAPTAN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, made this known on Tuesday during an interview with The PUNCH.

Ekundayo, who complained about the ongoing closure of universities in the country, said parents were at the root of the disagreement between the federal government and ASUU.

He said: “We have submitted a letter to the Cabinet of the Minister of Education seeking a hearing where we hope to discuss a proposal.

“We propose an amount of N10,000 per parent for each session paid directly to the universities. That will be our own contribution, in addition to other statutory fees, to make more money available to the universities.

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“It can be called the parental contribution for universities. We are on the receiving end of the union action. We plead with the ASUU and the federal government to resolve their disputes immediately.”

Obasanjo, intervention of Jonathan

A philanthropist and founder of the Opeyemi David Falegan Foundation, Opeyemi Falegan, has called on previous presidents and military rulers to intervene in the ASUU’s ongoing strike.

He also called on the federal government and the striking teachers to consider making the necessary sacrifices to end the strike.

The head of the UK-based Social Democratic Party made the call in a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday titled: “Strike: Nigeria’s tertiary education system is on the brink of total collapse as the ASUU strike continues, Falegan warns.”

“ASUU’s continued industrial action could lead to a total collapse of tertiary education in Nigeria if the federal government and ASUU continue to flex their muscles. They must sheath their swords for the sake of unfortunate Nigerian students and their parents,” Falegan said.

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He urged former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, as well as former military leaders, including Yakubu Gowon and Abdusalam Abubakar, to intervene to show the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), reason to ensure the reopening of universities.

“We call on well-meaning Nigerians, especially former heads of state and presidents, to persuade current Nigerian leaders to comply with ASUU’s demands to return teachers and students to classrooms,” he said.

Strike continues

The Federal University, Dutsin-Ma branch of ASUU has called for a total and indefinite strike by union members across the country if the federal government continues to ignore national headquarters demands.

The union made the decision at its congress held Monday at the institution’s launch campus in Dutsin-ma.

A copy of the resolutions reached at the congress, signed by the chairman of the branch, Jibrin Shagari; and secretary, Mzungu Ignatius, was made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday.

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