NANS warns FG against breaching agreement with ASUU
Dr Chris Ngige, Labour Minister
The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS), has warned the Federal Government against flouting the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) to avoid further strike.
It said government should take responsibility and endeavour to comply with the Memorandum of Action reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU). NANS also hailed both ASUU and the Federal Government for their maturity which led to the suspension of the strike over non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.
The association’s President, Mr. Chinonso Obasi, in a statement released to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, said dialogue remained the best option to conflict resolution.
“Dialogue is always the panacea for crisis resolution and the suspension of the strike is a welcome development that will bring relief not only to students but also their parents, as students can now return to school and continue with their studies.
“NANS, however, believes that just as ASUU has demonstrated responsibility, faith and understanding, the Federal Government should also demonstrate a sense of responsibility and endeavour to comply with the understanding reached to avert another level of face off with ASUU in the near future.
“The Federal Government should prioritise investment in the educational sector for the benefit of Nigeria. A situation where students are compelled to spend longer time than necessary for a particular course of study on account of incessant strikes is a serious setback for the country.
“The students are always at the receiving end whenever strikes are declared. ASUU should always consult with NANS leadership as critical stakeholders in the educational sector before declaring or proceeding on strike in the future,” he said.
NANS also lamented the falling standard of education in Nigeria and its effect on the nation’s human capital development.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, had in announcing the conditional suspension of the strike, said the action was suspended, after the union gave the Federal Government a deadline of end of October to fulfil its promises.
He said Monday night after the meeting with government’s representatives: “However, ASUU will not hesitate to review its position, should the government renege on its MoA, which you all witnessed.
“We have signed a new Memorandum of Action. Each item on the list in the MoA has a timeline attached. It is our hope that our trust will not be dashed again. We hope that the government will abide by the timeline attached to all the items in the MoA.” He had stressed.