The President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Sunday Asefon, has on Monday called on the Federal Government to and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to arrive at a common ground in the interest of students to avert industrial action.
ASUU had been at loggerheads with the Federal Government of Nigeria over the non-implementation of the the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed with the Federal Government in December 2020.
Asefon however, said another strike coming on the heels of last year’s paralysis of the country’s universities owing to industrial action would not augur well for education in the country with dire consequences on the students.
The NANS President, in a statement titled, ‘NANS pleads with ASUU, FG to find common ground to avert another industrial Action’, said: “Since the inception of this democratic dispensation in 1999, ASUU has now gone on accumulated strike for over five years.
“This development is not only worrisome, but also portends great danger to the education sector, national development, research, and security in Nigeria”.
The students said that although ASUU is entitled to press home it’s welfare needs, the lecturers as parents, should “consider our interest at the centre of their negotiation because we represent the succession generation and as such our education must not be allowed to suffer for the labour disagreements with the government.
“In the same vein, we call on the Federal Government to consider the implication of another industrial strike on our education and national security and find a lasting solution to the contending issues raised by ASUU.
“No responsible government should allow another industrial action in less than a year after the longest industrial action in our history. Government must show genuine commitment to their previous agreement with ASUU to ensure any possibility of another industrial action is averted.
“We call on both parties to act as parents and do all that is required to solve this impasse without resorting to another industrial action. This is not only honourable, but it is also necessary for national security,” Asefon stated.