Go And Beg ASUU Keyamo Tells Parents During Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities is now on strike, and Festus Keyamo, SAN, the minister of state for labor and employment, has asked parents whose children are enrolled in government-run higher institutions to call for an end to the strike.
On Monday, February 14, 2022, the academic union issued a nationwide strike declaration, which has continued to this day.
The lecturers are calling for the release of funds for university revitalization, as well as the release of earned allowances for university lecturers, the implementation of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of university lecturers’ salaries and allowances, and, among other things, a renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.
Meetings between the Federal government and the academics on strike have broken down on multiple occasions. President Buhari instructed the Minister of Education to remedy the situation within two weeks last week. Thursday, August 4 marked the end of the ultimatum.
This evening, Keyamo remarked on Channels TV that the government had done its best and urged parents to “ask” ASUU.
What other steps did we take after we intervened when they went on strike? What more could we have done than call them to a meeting before the strike even started? It’s not like we let them start the strike while we slept; they went on strike as the discussion began.
Since our overall income is approximately N6.1 trillion and we have other sectors to take care of in addition to building roads, hospitals, and other infrastructure, you cannot allow one area of the economy to hold you back and then blackmail you into borrowing N1.2 trillion.
I’ll advise the parents to go and plead with ASUU, just as the President suggested previously. Those who are familiar with them should appeal to their feeling of patriotism. Because we wish to meet ASUU’s demands, the country cannot come to a complete stop, he said.