ASUU strike affects universities and education system – NAS President

president of the Nigerian Academy of Science Prof. Mosto Onuoha has urged ASUU to be flexible in their demand
Ernest Sunday

The president of the Nigerian Academy of Science Prof. Mosto Onuoha, has lamented on the negative effect of strikes by ASUU on the Nigerian education system and urged the Union to be flexible in their demand.

Onuoha said this during an online conference meeting titled “Building Resilient Higher Education System in Nigeria”, organised by Nigerian Academy of Science.

While reacting on the ongoing strike, the president also blamed the Federal Government for the strike saying they should not go into an agreement that they cannot provide.

He said that students are the ones who are always affected when ASUU embarks on such industrial actions.

He also reminded the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) that they will never get all their demand from the government and should limit the way they demand from the government.

“Instead of entering into agreements and not implement them, the government should keep dialoguing with ASUU until we get it right with the challenges facing our public tertiary institutions.

“These incessant strikes are really affecting our university education negatively,” he said. The academy president urged ASUU to be flexible in their demands, saying: “ASUU cannot have it all.

“Many of ASUU strikes do not yield the government’s full intervention or implementation to agreed terms. And we cannot continue to shut down the universities.

“This matter is about dialoguing. It is about to give and take. ASUU cannot have it all.

“So, I appeal to our colleagues to be flexible in their demands, to help build a resilient and quality higher education system in the country, ” Onuoha said.

ASUU has been on national industrial action since March 23 before the coronavirus outbreak.

The strike was due to the decision of the Federal Government to stop the salaries of lecturers who have not been enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which ASUU did not accept.

Also, another reason for the strike was due to refusal of the government to implement the agreements and resolutions of Memorandum of Action discussed in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the 2017 MoA.

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