The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has warned that the ongoing industrial action declared by the union may be prolonged as no concrete resolution has been reached in the negotiation between the union and the federal government.
According to Vanguard News, the union has called on parents and students to bear with the situation on ground over the development so as to save Nigeria’s university system from collapsing.
The union’s national president, Biodun Ogunyemi made the appeal in an interview in Lagos.
It is recalled that the union is calling for full implementation of the MoA agreement with the government in 2017, improved working conditions and welfare package and as well upgrade of facilities in universities across the country.
“We want to call on our students and parents to show understanding with our struggle as we are in this together.
“The whole essence of this struggle is to ensure that our parents get worthy and deserving certificates that they will be proud of anywhere they may find themselves in the world.
“The struggle is to ensure too that we save Nigerian Universities from going the way our public primary and secondary schools have gone.
“Today, most parents are sending their children and wards to private primary and secondary schools around the country because of the perceived or alleged falling standards.
“We do not want our universities to go the same way because a lot of our parents may not be able to afford the private universities fees,” Ogunyemi stated.
Ogunyemi added by saying that there was an urgent need for both the Federal and state governments to reconsider their approach toward the development of universities to avoid an outright collapse in the nearest future.
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