In response to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike, the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has requested a meeting with the Federal Government.
In order to aid the government in making more money accessible for colleges, NAPTAN is also recommending that each parent get a payment of N10,000 every session.
This information was provided to The PUNCH in a conversation with Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, the NAPTAN public relations officer, on Tuesday.
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Ekundayo, who bemoaned the country’s ongoing university closures, said that parents were the ones who were most affected by the conflict between the Federal Government and ASUU.
He said, “We have submitted a letter to the Office of the Education Minister, seeking for audience where we hope to discuss a proposal.
“We are proposing a sum of N10, 000 per parent every session that will be directly paid to the universities. That will be our own contribution apart from other statutory payments in making more funds available to the universities.
“It can be called parent support levy for universities. We are at the receiving end of the industrial action. We plead with the ASUU and Federal Government to immediately resolve their differences.”
Opeyemi Falegan, a philanthropist and the head of the Opeyemi David Falegan Foundation, has urged previous presidents and military leaders to become involved in the ongoing ASUU strike.
He also urged the Federal Government and the lecturers on strike to think about making the necessary compromises to put an end to the walkout.
The Social Democratic Party leader from the United Kingdom made the plea in a statement headed, “Strike: Nigerian tertiary education system on the brink of catastrophic collapse if ASUU strike continues, Falegan warns,” which was made accessible to media in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.
“The continued industrial action by ASUU may lead to total collapse of tertiary education in Nigeria if the Federal Government and ASUU continue to be flexing muscles. They should sheath their sword in the best interest of hapless Nigerian students and their parents,” Falegan said.
He asked prior military commanders, including Yakubu Gowon and Abdusalam Abubakar, as well as former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan to become involved in order to persuade President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to assure the reopening of the universities.
“We call on well-meaning Nigerians, especially former Heads of State and Presidents to prevail on the current Nigerian leaders to accede to the demands of ASUU to allow the lecturers and students to return to the classrooms,” he said.
If the Federal Government continues to defy its national headquarters’ requests, the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma branch of ASUU has called for a complete and indefinite countrywide strike by union members.
The union made the choice at its congress, which was held on Monday at the institution’s launch site in Dutsin-ma.
The PUNCH on Tuesday received a copy of the resolutions adopted at the congress that was signed by Jibrin Shagari, the branch’s chairperson, and Mzungu Ignatius, the branch secretary.
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