The threat handed down on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by the Federal Government in view of the lingering feud between both parties has been described as unnecessary and unwarranted.
This assertion was made by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Segun Olulade in a chat with correspondents.
ASUU has embarked on nationwide strike to press home their demands on education funding in the country. The union argued that the Federal Government has refused to respect agreements reached with the union over the time, including the 2009 agreement on education funding and other matters of welfare.
Olulade expressed shock over the Federal Government’s decision to sack and replace striking lecturers if they failed to resume within one week ultimatum.
“The threat handed down by the Federal Government is uncalled for and such decision was taken on un-informed premises given what is applicable globally in civilised societies”. “Threat of sack can never be a solution to the lingering crisis; as a matter of fact, it is unfortunate that the Federal Government itself failed to acknowledge the reality that such threat can only worsen the situation rather than solve it”.
The lawmaker opined that matter of ASUU requires more tactical and diplomatic approach that is strongly backed by sincerity of purpose on the path of government rather than resulting to the ‘bully approach’. He noted that such intimidating and tough approach did not work with ASSU even during
Military regime. “Academic institution is unique on its own and for anyone to conceive idea of outright replacement of union body requesting for their rights is absurd”, he added.
Hon Olulade however appealed to the striking lecturers to consider the plights of innocent students who have stayed too long at home as the very important reason for returning to work rather than engage in tussle with the government over the empty threat.
“The lawmaker also called on the Federal Government to call the Minister of State for education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, to order on his public utterances regarding the issue, warning that careless utterances and militia approach will further aggravate the situation and provoke the striking lecturers into reversal actions”. “Nyesom Wike is reputed for aggravating crisis and his roles in deepening Rivers State crisis is still fresh in the land”, He concluded.
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