The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has kicked against the proposal by the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) to pay the union a minimum of N10,000 per parent in every academic section in an effort to end the lingering industrial action.
This is as the union urged that body to put pressure on the Federal Government into fulfilling the terms of agreements signed with the union as its industrial action continued to cripple the nation’s tertiary education sector.
Recall that NAPTAN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, in a recent interview, lamented the continued closure of universities in the country, saying parents were at the receiving ends of the disagreement between the Federal Government and ASUU.
He then said the body who have scheduled a meeting with the federal government will be proposing payment of N10,000 per session for each parent to assist the government in making more funds available for universities.
However, reacting to the proposal, ASUU National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke while appearing on Arise Television on Thursday, August 24, 2022, rejected the offer, urging the association to rather mount more pressure on the FG.
He said, “I think what this association should be doing is to tell the government to perform its function. They should put pressure on the government to use Nigerians’ money to fund education as it is done in other countries.
“We can’t be calling ourselves the giant of Africa and we are the worst in education. You see students from Nigeria going to Ghana, Benin Republic, Togo, and other small countries to study but nobody from these countries is coming to Nigeria to study.
“So they should add to the pressure coming from ASUU to ensure that the government prioritize education. That is more important than the N10,000”.
The ongoing ASUU strike started February 14 and three weeks ago, extended for another four weeks that would terminate next Monday.
The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Following a meeting with the union last week, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said every demand of the union has been met, except that its members won’t receive arrears of the strike period.
The union has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.