The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has warned the Federal Government of the impact the ongoing nationwide strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, which has entered the third day will have on students and the country’s educational sector.
The NLC therefore called on government to not only end the strike immediately by implementing the agreements it entered into with ASUU, but also declare a state of emergency in education.
In a statement, yesterday, by the NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, the group said that while the strike was completely avoidable, but made inevitable by Federal government’s insensitivity and penchant for reneging on agreements, Congress found it completely unacceptable that government refused to implement agreements it willingly entered into.
Omar argued in the statement that the issues articulated by ASUU were not self-serving but tenable, valid and germane to the sustenance of a qualitatively viable education system.
According to the statement “in a nutshell, these issues include, the lingering crisis at the Rivers State University of Technology, RSUST; the continued violation of the rights of the re-engaged 49 academics at the University of Ilorin; the non-release of the White Paper on Special Visitation to the University of Abuja; the parlous state of the economy and government’s disregard for its agreements.”