Lecturers urge FG to end ASUU strike to avert mass protest
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
Tertiary institutions lecturers under the aegis of Academic Frontier Initiative (AFI) have advised the Federal Government to end the 8-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to forestall another mass protest.
In a press statement signed by the AFI National Coordinator, Dr. Chinedu Onyeizugbe and General Secretary, Dr. Tochukwu Oguegbe, the group urged the federal government to urgently attend to the grievances of the university lecturers to prevent youths from embarking on another protest.
Warning that another protest by youths could be disastrous, the group maintained that the striking lecturers were fighting a just cause that would save public universities from total collapse.
“As the ASUU and federal government meet again to dialogue on the best way to resolve the grievances of university lecturers, we want government to show true commitment, sincerity to public universities in Nigeria.
“We cannot continue to work under this inadequate infrastructure, poor remuneration, lack of conducive environment and so on.
“We, therefore, urge the federal government to stop paying lip services to education, and be more committed to saving tertiary institutions in the country”, the statement reads in part.
It can be recalled that the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), had recently warned that its members would take to street on December 7, 2020, to register their frustration if the Federal Government continues to be at loggerheads with the members of ASUU.
NANS, had, in a statement signed by the Coordinator Zone D, Kowe Odunayo Amos, Secretary-General, Giwa Yisa Temitope and the Public Relations Officer, Kazeem Olalekan Israel, said, “we cannot continue to talk more about the pains all students in Nigeria are going through because we have been talking for over 4-months now with the government not paying attention to our agitation.
“We do not have any more luxury of time. We are calling on all students to come out in all major cities and towns to join our protests come 7th of December, 2020.
“We are using this medium to inform the police that none of their officers must bring live ammunition to the barricades. We will never tolerate the #LekkiMassacre anymore. And we are using this to ask all students coming to the streets to tie a black ribbon in respect of all the victims of the #EndSARS struggles.
“If we fight, we may win. If we don’t, the current government of the day and it’s friends does not care about our education as their children are schooling abroad”.