Some parents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have urged the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to achieve an amicable solution so that their children can return to school.
Some of the affected parents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the strike was having a bad impact on their children and that a quick resolution was needed.
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NAN recalls that ASUU extended the strike by 12 weeks on Monday, bringing it to a total of 20 weeks during which students will remain at home due to the government’s refusal to negotiate a feasible accord.
Mr. Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s President, launched a statewide warning strike on February 14 to pound home its demands, stating that the action would continue until their demands were satisfied.
The teachers want financing for the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears.
Renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System are among the others.
Mr. Silas Lagi, a parent in Gwagwalada Area Council whose kid is studying veterinary medicine at the University of Abuja, said the strike has caused his son to focus on other things that he had not budgeted for because of the strike.
“There is something wrong with our country if politicians and government appointees, some of whom are also in the education sector, can acquire nomination forms costing N100 million,” Lagi remarked.
“The pupils lose attention after each striking incident, and they do not graduate within the specified years.”
“My main annoyance is that the people in power don’t seem to notice because their own children are not in public schools but rather overseas or in private schools,” he explained.
Mr. Musa Gimba, a parent in the Abaji Area Council, said the parents’ demand was for the government to listen to the union and establish an accord to preserve future generations.
“If senators may have sitting and sleeping allowances, then the professors, who construct these characters, should be considered.”
“The federal government should pay attention to the strikers’ demands so that our children may return to school,” Gimba remarked.
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Mrs. Julian David, a parent from Kwali Area Council, said her son is in his last year of law school at Nasarawa State University, but “cannot graduate due to the protracted strike.”
“On behalf of parents, I am pleading with the necessary authorities to halt the strike and make education a top priority in order to preserve the sector from impending collapse.”
“The federal government must satisfy the union’s demands at any costs to safeguard our children’s future,” she stated.
Meanwhile, the union expressed disappointment at its most recent National Executive Council (NEC) meeting that the government had not tackled the situation with the greatest haste that one would expect from a rational, responsive, and well-intentioned administration.
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