Students under the auspices of the National Association of University Students, Osun Campus Monitoring Committee, have urged the Federal Government and striking lecturers to return to the negotiating table and resolve the ongoing crisis.
In a press statement issued by NAUS on Friday, signed by its Chairman, Secretary-General, and Publicity Secretary, respectively, Eruobami Ayobami, Olaniyan Saleem, and Lawal Idris, and made available to our correspondent, the student body bemoaned the continued closure of schools as a result of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike action.
It stated that the strike, which had already lasted more than 60 days, was beginning to have a negative impact on students, especially since they didn’t know when the challenge would end.
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“Because of the prolonged nature of the strike, it is beginning to take a negative turn on our students, particularly now that we all seem to be unsure when this challenge will finally come to an end,” the statement read in part.
“We want to use this press conference to appeal to the government once more, to consider the plights of many of our members who have been seriously affected by this strike, and to also implore the Federal Government to reconsider its position on ASUU and the need for both parties to return to the negotiating table so that all of the issues can be resolved once and for all.”
“We believe that if the government is concerned about Nigeria’s deplorable education system, it will have no trouble enforcing the agreement they freely entered into with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.”
NAUS stated that in its previous statement on March 21, which was published by The EJES GIST NEWSPAPER, it had called the government’s attention to issues affecting Nigerian students.
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Go back to your students, FG tells striking varsity lecturers
The Federal Government has again urged members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end their long-running strike and return to their students so that academic work at public universities can resume.
Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, made the appeal while interacting with journalists in his office on Thursday after receiving notice of his nomination by Sun Newspaper Publishing Limited for the award of ‘Public Service Icon 2021.’
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