The President, Nationwide Affiliation of Nigerian College students (NANS), Com. Sunday Asefon, warned that the incessant strike initiated by the Educational and Non-Educational Union of Universities introduced the college system to the brink of collapse.
Asefon informed the Non-Educational Workers Union (NASU) and the Senior Workers Union of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) that beginning a strike lower than 30 days after the Educational Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended his was extra of an ego and flexed muscle tissue as an alternative of advocating for improved well-being.
The NANS president warned that this open and blatant show of rivalry by the unions posed a severe hazard to the nation’s ivory towers.
NASU and SSANU had began a nationwide strike final week on the non-constitution of visitation panels for universities; failure to pay the minimal wage arrears; and inconsistencies within the fee of IPPIS.
Different controversial points being confronted embody: non-payment of allowances; non-payment of retirement advantages to retirees; low funding from state universities; delay in renegotiating the FGN / NASU and SSANU 2009 contracts; and usurpation of the top of non-teaching items by lecturers, in clear violation of service circumstances.
However Asefon in a press release on Monday, entitled: ‘The incessant strikes at Nigerian universities and the pressing want to save lots of the nation’s ivory towers’, warned that the tendency to strike when the spherical desk might be ample had the capability to destroy the tutorial system.
Asefon regretted that college students needs to be regretted for having wasted a whole tutorial session at dwelling with the adversarial impact of Covid 19 and the ASUU strike, saying that it could destabilize and demoralize college students.
“NANS has the common-or-garden opinion that unions can advocate for the well-being of its members, however this shouldn’t be attributable to ego, muscle flexion and rivalry, as tutorial and non-academic unions at our universities have exhibited.
“We’ve got the authority to affirm that on the query of the visitation panel, the panels had been created and the inauguration should be made instantly, the tutorial actions at universities stabilize in view of this Covid 19.
“Nonetheless on the non-payment of the minimal wage wage, the assembly was knowledgeable that the staff of the Basic Accounting of the Federation computed the arrears of the minimal wage for all employees in tertiary establishments from April 2019 to January final yr.
“It was additionally revealed that the quantity was captured and forwarded to the Basic Director, the Federation’s Price range Workplace and needs to be included within the supplementary funds to be introduced to the Nationwide Meeting for approval and fee.
“Even when we doubt the credibility of our authorities to implement or be trustworthy with all of this, we imagine that the whole lot may have been the topic of recent negotiations.
“In the meanwhile we communicate, college students from lots of the universities which have simply resumed for the tutorial session 2020/2021 can not full their enrollment, whereas those that began have issue accessing school rooms that had been locked beneath lock and key.
“It’s unpatriotic on the a part of the federal government and our unions to topic the nation’s future leaders to those tutorial rigors and agonies. They need to, please, really feel sorry for the scholars and fogeys and return to colleges instantly.
“We ask for moderation and we beg our unions to permit new negotiations and to droop new strikes within the curiosity of those promising future leaders,” he stated.
Asefon added that permitting college students to play with out productive work may improve cultism, kidnapping, theft and different felony tendencies.