Student Union Presidents of federal institutions in the South-West have given a seven- days ultimatum to the Nigerian government to halt the prolonged industrial strike.
On Monday, March 23rd 2020, the Academic Staff of Union Universities (ASUU) had embarked on a nationwide warning strike. This, consequently, resulted into an indefinite strike action causing students to linger at home for eight months with no glimpse of resumption in view.
In a statement released by the student union bodies on Wednesday, the tussle between the federal government and Academic staff union Universities (ASUU) has truncated the academic and career sojourns of many Nigerian students while also adding that the nonchalant attitude of the federal government to resolve and attend to the needs of the most crucial sector of the economy spells doom for quality education in the country way forward.
“We the great students’ of the federation hereby request for an end to the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The struggle of ASUU should never be undermined as we all truly know, a revitalization and improvement in the quality of infrastructures and regulation of payment of salaries is direly needed.
“In spite of this, we urgently call for a compromise to be reached by both parties. The future of the student is at stake. Some have lost faith in the education of this country and, it is a great slap on the face of the nation. Not every parent or guardian can afford to send their children to private universities. Even some missionary universities that should offer respite are so expensive that some of their members can’t afford the tuition. Believe us when we say a lot is at stake.
“The future of our nation depends largely on quality education. If we must progress and see a better Nigeria, then we must be progressive and be better in words and actions. Ending ASUU strike by giving utmost consideration to our demands is key and a way to kickstart. Do this and secure the future of our beloved nation.
“We hereby give the federal government the ultimatum of 7 days to resolve the crises and get us back to school, else there will be an aggressive nationwide agitation, protest inclusive, thereafter.”
The ultimatum, which began today, is hedged to also meet up with other major demands such as funding and, prioritization of the educational sector as a key to sustainable growth and development.