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#PTA Denies Proposing N10,000 Levy Per Session For ASUU To End Lingering Strike

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The Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria has denied proposing N10,000 for each parent as a contribution to ending the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Recall that the ongoing ASUU strike started February 14 and three weeks ago, extended it 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.

“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”.

However, in the latest development, the PTA National President, Alhaji Danjuma Haruna, had dismissed the claim in a statement made available to journalists on Friday, August 26, 2022, in Kaduna.

His statement partly reads; “We are not involved in any statements related to paying money to ASUU for them to call off the ongoing strike.

“Our stand since the inception of the strike is for both ASUU and Federal Government to come to an agreement to end the strike, but not to contribute money to pay ASUU,” Haruna said.

He said the PTA believed that negotiation remained the best option for resolving the six-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The PTA president, therefore, appealed to the federal government and ASUU to as a matter of urgency reach an agreement, because the strike had affected millions of students and their lecturers in many ways.

Haruna also called on the federal government to urgently rescue all kidnapped secondary school students across the country that were still in the hands of bandits.

The PTA president said it was disheartening that students of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri have remained in captivity for over 400 days.

Meanwhile, the National President, Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children in Nigeria, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani has urged parents to monitor the movement of their children, who are on holiday.

Tijjani also said parents should monitor the social media platforms and television content watched by the children, to ensure that it would not affect their morality.

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