The lecturers want the government to honour its agreement.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Adebayo Akinsanya, has urged stakeholders in the education sector to intervene in the current crisis.
Mr. Akinsanya appealed to the stakeholders to prevail on the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreement it had with the union to save Nigeria’s education from imminent collapse.
He told newsmen in Ijebu-Ode on Saturday that the Federal Government was not sensitive to the plight of the union by failing to fulfil its own part of the agreements.
According to him, government’s insensitivity to the all important sector is killing the standard of education in the country.
“Government said it wants the nation’s universities to be among the first 500 in the world and yet it refuses to fund the education sector.
“How can Nigeria universities achieve this noble idea without adequate funding and proper repositioning of the citadels of learning in this country’’?
He said that the current strike was not about allowances for lecturers, but about government doing what was needful to save the education system from collapse.
Mr. Akinsanya, however, said with the way things were, there was no sign that the strike would be called off soon.
“Where has ASUU gone wrong in demanding for funding of the universities, intervention to states universities, and autonomy of our universities system,’’ Mr. Akinsanya said.
He said that the union should not be blamed for the challenges facing the university system, but on government which failed to abide by the UNESCO budgetary allocation to education sector.
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