As Nigerian students of public universities languish at home with no academic activities whatsoever to do, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abuja Zone, on Monday said that the Federal Government should implement the extant agreements aimed at developing Nigeria’s education sector.
You see, at first ASUU embarked on a strike in order to make clear their defiance of the federal government’s directive to sign up for the IPPIS system of payment of salaries, but the struggle quickly morphed into demands for the implementation of the many failed agreements between the union and the federal government.
Professor Theophilus Lagi, who is the zonal coordinator of ASUU in Abuja, called for renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, payment and mainstreaming of earned academic allowances into salaries, release of funds for revitalisation of the Nigerian university system, visitation panel to Federal Universities and proliferation of state universities among others, while he was speaking at a news conference to reiterate the Union’s demands.
While all these meetings and disagreements continue, the real losers in the whole thing, are the poor Nigerian students, who cannot afford to leave the shores of the country for university education, or pay the exorbitant fees charged by the public universities.
ASUU has been on a strike since the middle of March. The strike has brought to a standstill, all academic activities in our nation’s universities, also affecting the incoming students who just finished their UTME and WASSCE exams. In fact, it has been eight months of no school for Nigerian students, whether physical or online, due to the closure of schools as a means to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and the strike by the Union.