Youths group, parents appeal to ASUU to suspend strike

*The Noble Youths Mass Support Association and parents have complained after each episode of strike, the children are no longer focused, but end up not graduating within the stipulated years

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following Wednesday’s court ruling ordering members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Noble Youths Mass Support Association (NYMSA), an FCT youth group, has urged the academic union to obey the resumption order given by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).

Mr. Godwin Onmonya, the National Coordinator of the group, made the call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Gwagwalada, FCT.

Onmonya said the strike was having negative impacts on Nigerian University students.

It is recalled that has been on industrial action nationwide warning strike since February 14, 2022, to press home its demands.

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, has stressed the action would continue until the Federal Government meets their demands.

Among other demands, were funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and alleged inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

The strike, in its seventh month, later forced the Government to institute a suit at the National Industrial Court September 8, to halt the strike and enable students to resume academic activities.

However, students through the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), embarked on protests by blocking entrance to the International Airport Lagos, threatening to block other major roads, if the demands were not met by government.

The court, however, granted the resumption order Wednesday, pending the determination of the substantive suit, at the instance of Sen. Chris Ngige, Honourable Minister for Labour and Employment, pursuant to his powers on Labour Laws of the Federation.

Parents appeal to union to obey court order

Similarly, Mr. Luka Ayuba, a parent in Gwagwalada Area Council, in the FCT, whose child was studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), said that the strike had made his son shift focus to other things.

Ayuba stated: “After each episode of strike, the children are no more focused and they end up not graduating within the stipulated years.

“My only pain is that the people in government are not feeling it because their own children are not in public schools but abroad or in private schools.”

No resumption in public universities until…. –ASUU Zonal Coordinator

Meanwhile, Dr. Salawu Lawal, ASUU Zonal Coordinator, in Abuja, recently said there would be no resumption in public universities until the renegotiated 2009 agreement was signed, implemented and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) deployed, according to report.

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