Parents, under the aegis of the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, and college students beneath the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, have called on the federal authorities to tread softly and not permit the trouble of the price of income of lecturers degenerate to some other industrial action.
Their calls got here in opposition to the backdrop of plans by means of lecturers, underneath the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to embark on rallies and declare a lecture free day in protest towards the payment of haf profits to them through the authorities ultimate month, after resuming from an eight-month strike.
“NAPTAN, thru the National President, Haruna Danjuma, in a chat with Vanguard, stated for the reason that the lecturers had persisted from the place they stopped in the 2021/2022 session, they must be paid.
“”The government have to do the right thing. They have to pay the lecturers. We all understand that some time has been wasted, however on account that there is an effort to bridge the gap one way or the other, nothing need to be executed to truncate the system again.
“”Lecturers and students would only want to forfeit some vacation trips and as parents, we don’t prefer something to rock the boat again. Parents are searching ahead to their youth finishing their studies and for them to reap the fruits of their labour. The issue of persona conflict or ego have to now not be allowed to push education into any other crisis situation, “he said
“NANS, in a assertion by the Southwest Zone Coordinator, Adegboye Olatunji, Deputy Coordinator, Alao John and Public Relations Officer, Awoyinfa Opeoluwa, said steps being taken with the aid of the modern-day administration at the federal level are now not showing it gives precedence to education.
“Just as Nigerian college students are ultimately in a position to smile after the suspension of an eight-month-long ASUU strike, the Federal Government deemed it wise to pay half of revenue to participants of the Academic Staff Union of Universities This ill-advised motion if allowed to stand will no longer only set a bad priority but destroy the already tattered morale of our lecturers and further weaken the already debilitated have confidence between the stated union and the government.
“Ironically these without delay appointed and being paid from our commonwealth to oversee Education and Labour matters namely; Mallam Adamu Adamu (Minister of Education); Dr. Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and Employment); and Festus Keyamo (Minister of State for Labour and Employment) made meagre contributions to the development. As a depend of fact, we have it on right file that Dr. Ngige especially was inclined to crash the entire quarter just to convey ASUU on its knees and rubdown his own fragile ego.
“From all indications, if drastic measures aren’t taken, the Federal Government and its overpaid employee; Dr. Ngige appear equipped to bury the whole educational sector.And if ASUU choose to boycott work again as a result of this ungentlemanly decision, the authorities might as properly overlook about tertiary schooling completely.
“”As the leadership of Nigerian college students in the entire Southwest, we demand that our intellectuals and moulders of our collective future be accorded their deserved admire and their dignity now not be tampered with.
”In addition, system to pay the closing balance of their remunerations be put in motion immediately, ” the assertion read.
Meanwhile, the newly-registered Congress of University Academics, CONUA, is set to talk about the problem of salary and others at its maiden National Executive Council, NEC, meeting slated for Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State later in the month.“
A member of the union advised our correspondent that the meeting would additionally appraise traits in the university region generally.
CONUA was once registered by the FG as another tutorial staff union in the direction of the current strike by way of ASUU.