ASUU: Those Telling You ASUU Strike Was Politically Motivated Are Your Enemies, NLC Tells Jonathan

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The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Wednesday, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgency, tackle the problems facing the education sector to prevent a complete shutdown of the sector.

The union also urged the president to discountenance the impression that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, was a political action against his government as nothing could be farther from the truth than that assertion.

In a statement by its President, Abdulwaheed Omar, NLC told President Jonathan that those telling him that the strike was politically motivated were the President’s enemies who rather than tell him the truth preferred to indulge in sycophancy, hypocrisy and boot-licking.

The statement titled “Do Not Allow Education Sector to Shut-Down”, reads: “The Nigeria Labour Congress calls on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to tackle the crises in the education sector and prevent shut-down of the sector. We urge Mr. President to muster the necessary will and skill to confront the issues that threaten this vital sector.

“As President of the country, he has the onerous task of restoring normalcy to the sector whether the issues are political as he has made the nation to believe or whether they are purely industrial. The threat of a total shut-down is present and immediate and deserves all the urgency and mobilization Mr President could muster. The developments in the Education sector are symptomatic of greater ills in the polity.

“The strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for instance is in its fourth month and has almost certainly disrupted an entire academic session with collateral consequences. Also the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has signaled its readiness to embark on a solidarity strike if government fails to resolve within two weeks the issues of contestation with ASUU. Most of these demands if not all, are not new, but are subsisting agreements which government is expected to honour. Some of these agreements border on salaries which government has agreed to pay but has elected to observe in the breach instead. For example the case with the Senior Staff Association of the Nigerian Universities, whose members are being owed for over three months.”

“The three other leading unions in the education sector, viz, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU); the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); National Association of Academic Technologies (NAAT); and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP), have all threatened to go on strike within the next few days except their demands are met,” it added.

The statement reads further; “The avoidable strike action by ASUU has caused enough disruption or damage to the sector. The implications for the polity are grave and should be avoided, at least for the sake of our children. We also urge Mr President to discountenance the impression that the strike actions against his government are politically-motivated as nothing could be farther from the truth. Those who pursue this line of thinking are the ones who do not wish Mr President well. Rather than tell him the truth, they prefer to indulge in sycophancy, hypocrisy and boot-licking because it serves their personal motives.

“In order for Mr President to convince himself about the absence of any ulterior motive against his administration by any of the unions, especially ASUU which has come under accusation, we crave the indulgence of Mr President to insist on being availed the details of these agreements.

“The Nigeria Labour Congress is not oblivious of the present challenges in the economy but it is convinced that with requisite discipline, will, prioritisation and genuine dialogue, the government can reach a truce not just with the unions but could halt the decline in the economy.”

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Wednesday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to quickly tackle the crises in the education sector to prevent a total shutdown of the sector.

It cited the ongoing strikes or threats of strike in the sector by academic and non-academic unions to illustrate its position that the threat of a total shutdown is present and immediate.

The NLC said in a statement in Abuja by its President, Abdulwahed Omar, that the developments in the education sector were symptoms of greater ills in the society.

The strikes in the sector are caused by the refusal of government to honour subsisting agreements or to pay salaries, it added.

University teachers have been on strike since July while their polytechnic counterparts on Monday began a strike over the federal government’s poor attitude to technical education.

The NLC said the situation in the sector was worrisome and urged President Jonathan to intervene to save the students from undue extension of their study period.

“We urge Mr President to muster all the necessary will and skill to confront the issues that threaten this vital sector. As President of the country, he has the onerous task of rising to the challenge of restoring normalcy to the sector whether the issues are political as he has made the nation to believe or whether they are purely industrial,” it added.

The statement recalled that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike for almost four months with dire consequences which are likely to disrupt an entire academic year.
The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has also threatened to embark on a solidarity strike with ASUU in the next two weeks if the federal government does not resolve its dispute with the university teachers.

NLC also appealed to Jonathan to discountenance the impression that the strikes are politically motivated by the opposition in order to embarrass his administration.

“Those who pursue this line of thinking are the ones who do not wish Mr President well. Rather than tell him the truth, they prefer to indulge in sycophancy, hypocrisy and bootlicking because it serves their personal motives.

“In order for Mr. President to convince himself about the absence of any ulterior motive against his administration by any of the unions, especially ASUU which has come under accusation, we crave the indulgence of Mr President to insist on being availed the details of these agreements,” the NLC said.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Omar you’re working against president Jonathan,he knows too,he’s only trying to be diplomatic,you’re working for the opposition & baraje’s group,but don’t worry you all will be put to shame soonest,fools.

  2. @dojeff, do u realise how sentimental and irrational u sound? What in that statement makes u belief anyone is working againg GEJ? Ok, let’s view it this way. What significant attempt has GEJ made to resolve this imbroglio? Out of his tight schedule he made out time to meet severally with leadership of nPDP, has he done that with ASUU? Ok, has he implemented the agreement yet ASUU refuses to call off strike. Now ASUP has resumed their suspended strike. Is that one politically motivated too, or in solidarity wit ASUU? Can’t u read d handwritin on d wall to c insincerity on d part of govt? May I ask u, is d oppositn nw stronger than fed govt?

  3. @dojeff, do u realise how sentimental and irrational u sound? What in that statement makes u belief anyone is working against GEJ? Ok, let’s view it this way. What significant attempt has GEJ made to resolve this imbroglio? Out of his tight schedule he made out time to meet severally with leadership of nPDP, has he done that with ASUU? Ok, has he implemented the agreement yet ASUU refuses to call off strike. Now ASUP has resumed their suspended strike. Is that one politically motivated too, or in solidarity wit ASUU? Can’t u read d handwritin on d wall to c insincerity on d part of govt? May I ask u, is d oppositn nw stronger than fed govt?

  4. I beg mr.president to do everything within his power to end this issue. But, later let him setup a committee that will investigate those holding position in all the high institution in nigeria most especially finacial commitment. He’ll discover that 76% of them will go to jail becouse they are corrupt. Some of this lecturers are cultist,some abuse our female because mark, etc. Having graduate that cant defend his/her certificate is cause by them, because some of them dont have what it take to be lecturer, they were employed through the backyard.

  5. The President came from the academia to politics. Was the strikes embarked upon during his time by ASUU also politically motivated. Was the President also politically motivated to sign an agreement with ASUU he knew he wasn’t going to keep? The government claim there is no money to meet ASUU’s demand, yet under this administration we hear of cases of embezzlement of public funds by top government officials almost on a daily basis. The Pension Board scandal in which a single individual embezzled over N22 billion and nothing happened is still fresh in my mind. Yet the same government is beating its chest that it has released N100 billion to solve Universities problems nation wide. I think it does not portray the government as serious.

  6. Omar nice one,dont mind fools,when u were fighting for subdsidy there was nothing the didnt say but today,where are the restoration the promised to use the funds for that today one fool that copied to pass in the university and is not productive in a society whom he was trained to be useful to and himself will come and be saying you against the president,look, fools,Nigeria signed an agreement with all developing nations as regards to benchmark of 26% of its anual budget as directed by UNESCO to be given to Education and if nt for this year 2013 it went up to8.7% which is not even up to half of the benchmark.Take a look at the chart and see countries that adhered to this how great they are doing,all their children are in ghana why,if its not good why are the still trying to enjoy its dividends in neighbouring Ghana.Look,we should be foolish to allow a very poor % of Nigerians to be looting that huge % in the name of National assembly they are representind us not there pot bellies.

  7. ASUU is fighting for their right FG is also defending there interest but what I can explain is, why would FG sign an agreement it cannot implement. The truth is, govt should stop telling stories and release these money, we cannot be begging for what is ours because we ask the them (FG) to manage it for us.

  8. Dnt knw why NLC is still keeping mute over this ASUU strike. I sugested and i’am still sugesting that Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC) Should embark on a nation wide strike in support of ASUU in order to get a quik respond from the dreaded FG. It’s only this way that the dreaded federal government can be constrained to pay its depts to ASUU.

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