As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike lingers, some stakeholders in the Education sector have expressed divergent views on the contending issues and the way out.
Prof. Kabir Akinyemi of the Faculty of Science, Lagos State University (LASU) said that the demands of ASUU were not outrageous. He said, “ASUU cannot be treated like other unions in the country because in most cases, ASUU is always on the right direction in all facets of life,” he said. I am sure that when the negotiation gets to a reasonable point with sincerity and there is a commitment from the government, ASUU will definitely shift ground, “he said.
Mr. Olayinka Aderoju, Vice – Principal, Nigeria Tulip International College, Ogun branch said while the lecturers could not be blamed for demanding for their entitlement and better funding of the universities, embarking on strike was still not the best option. He said this was because the strike was no longer a veritable tool for negotiation in the global world. He noted that for the nation to overcome frequent strikes by lecturers and other unions, ASUU must demand proper accountability and openness from the ruling government.
However, Mrs. Rita Ngeri, a parent also expressed displeasure on the manner at which the strike had been allowed to linger and why the government and the union should neglect the negotiation table at the detriment of the students’ future. Ngeri said since education was the bedrock of development in every nation and also a right and not a privilege of a citizen, it must be seen and treated as such by the government, ASUU, and other stakeholders.
Also, a Student, Ayomide Kazeem of the Faculty of Science, Nasarawa State University, Keffi said that he was tired of staying at home while his mate in other countries was advancing in their educational pursuit.
Meanwhile, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said that since the commencement of the strike, the union had had six meetings with agents of the federal government, with no clear commitment from government to resolving the issues presented.