Divergent opinions greet lingering ASUU strike

As the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities lingers, some stakeholders in the education sector have expressed divergent views on the contending issues and the way out.

They expressed their views in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos.

NAN reports that ASUU had, on November 4, embarked on what it described as a ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite strike’.
Members of the union are protesting the non-implementation of agreements entered into with the Federal Government in 2009 and 2017, as well as poor funding and welfare issues of members, among other issues.

Prof. Kabir Akinyemi of the Faculty of Science, Lagos State University, said that the demands of ASUU were not outrageous.

He said that the union had been magnanimous with the present administration since its inception.
ASUU cannot be treated like other unions in the country because in most cases, ASUU is always on the right direction in all facets of life,” he said.

Akinyemi urged the government to resume negotiation with the union as soon as possible for the interest of Nigerians, especially students and parents.

“I am sure that when the negotiation gets to reasonable point with sincerity and there is a commitment from the government, ASUU will definitely shift ground, “he said.

Vice Principal, Nigeria Tulip International College, Ogun branch, Mr. Olayinka Aderoju, said while the lecturers could not be blamed for demanding their entitlement and better funding of the universities, embarking on strike is still not the best option.

Aderoju said this was because strike was no longer a veritable tool for negotiation in the global world.

He noted that for the nation to overcome frequent strikes by lecturers and other unions, ASUU must demand for proper accountability and openness from the ruling government.

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