Recall ASUU has embarked on an indefinite strike since Monday 23rd March, 2020, after the expiration of the two-week warning strike. The strike was as a result of poor education funding, non-payment of salaries of ASUU members who failed to enrol into the federal government’s IPPIS – a payroll software mandated for all public officials, earned academic allowances, among others.
ASUU’s strike actions and demands are genuine and very timely in order to rescue our educational sector from total collapse. As such, we are in total support of the position and stand of ASUU that our educational sector is in a shambles and disarray. We support ASUU’s insistence that government should provide proper funding to all public higher institutions in the country.
Our hostels are in a total mess, our classrooms are largely over-crowded with so many students standing up during lectures. Our laboratories have collapsed with cobwebs surrounding everywhere, no adequate water and electricity supplies on our various campuses and in fact nothing seems to be working. Little wonder no Nigerian University is rated among the first 500 Universities in the world.
Nigerian students see the break down in negotiations as a further proof that political leaders don’t care about our future. Consequently, we wish to call on the Federal Government to do all it can to get lecturers back to the classrooms.
NANS will not sit idly and allow universities in the country to be shut for months over federal government’s insensitivity and lackadaisical approach towards education at all level in Nigeria.
In conclusion, if ASUU demands are not met this week, NANS Kwara will have no choice than to mobilize Nigerian students in Kwara to stage a peaceful protest against Ministry of Education to press on all relevant authorities to pay ASUU their due entitlements and give our Institutions a befiting look.
Comr. Salami Wasiu Onidugbé, GCAF
NANS Kwara Chairman
Comr. Taiwo Olamilekan John
Comr. Mansur Kolawole
Director of Media and Publicity