The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to have a rethink on its proposed industrial to protest the poor governance structure at the River State University of Science of Technology (RSUST).
ASUU and management of RSUST have engaged each other over the appointment of Vice Chancellor for the university following the former had promised its members in the university who it said are being victimised by the university management a solidarity strike.
NANS in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its National President, Comrade Dauda Mohammed noted that such industrial action would disrupt the already disrupted academic calendar.
The students’ association urged the academic union to consider the students of the university who it noted are no parties in the dispute adding that ASUU should not assume the monopoly of determining how the University is administered.
It called on ASUU to prevail on its members in RSUST to engage in further dialogue and allow majority opinion to prevail in resolving the long drawn dispute in the in university.
“It is worrisome to imagine this fresh attempt at further disrupting the already disjointed academic calendars on Nigerian campuses on the basis of an internal political dispute in a university. It is our opinion that ASUU takes into consideration that Nigerians students who are no parties in the dispute are usually being made to bear the brunt of the consequences of their industrial actions.
As far as we are concerned, the River state government who is the proprietor of RSUST reserves the right to either appoint or otherwise, who administers the University while ASUU particular the RSUST chapter should also be reminded that there are other stakeholders including students in the university and hence should not assume the monopoly of determining how the University is administered.” NANS said.
The crisis at the university took a violent dimension when its ASUU branch chairman Dr. Felix Igwe was assaulted four days into the strike by members of the union in resentment of the appointment of immediate past VC of the university, Professor Barikeme Fakae as Acting VC.
The strike by the branch ASUU was a demand on Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers to nullify his appointment of Professor Fakae as Acting VC has paralysed academic activities in the university since Monday.