President of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Dauda Muhammed has expressed displeasure over the proposed strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
The students’ umbrella body also wants the federal government to revisit existing pacts entered with various tertiary based institutions with a view to putting a stop to frequent crisis within the academic setting.
NANS in a terse statement to journalists in Abuja, on Thursday, condemned the intended strike and said series of industrial unrest in the university system was not helping the system.
The NANS President also advocated for a state of emergency in the education sector by the presidency to address recurrent crisis in the education sector.
It would be recalled that SSANU recently slammed an ultimatum on government with a threat to embark on strike on December 10, if the Federal Government failed to effect the payment of their earned allowance, which they also complained was not captured in the 2013 budget.
Dauda said, “Our latest concern is borne out of the determination of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) to embark on yet another nationwide industrial action to press home some of their demands from the Federal government.
“NANS seriously frowns at the inability of the present administration in Nigeria to find a lasting solution to the series of problems created by the numerous agreements entered into with the unions in the Nigeria educational sector.
“We hereby categorically demand that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education and other concerned ministries takes a critical review into every pending agreement and areas of dispute which have continuously led to the disruption of academic activities on our campuses.
“We are at the same time appealing to the SSANU and other academic community based labour unions to begin to consider the consequences of their industrial action which is greatly affecting the academic stability of our students and our quest for qualitative education in our institutions of higher learning.
“We urge President Goodluck Jonathan to consider the declaration of a “state of emergency” in the educational sector in Nigeria as a way of addressing the various problems facing the educational sector in Nigeria”.
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