It was with nice reduction that Nigerians obtained the information that the Educational Workers Union of universities (ASUU) has known as off its 9 months’ strike. We recall that ASUU launched into an indefinite strike in March, 2020 over the non-implementation of sundry points particularly its reservation about authorities’s insistence that it should deliver members of the union underneath the federal authorities Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System (IPPIS).
After 9 months, ASUU resolved, at its Nationwide Govt Council (NEC) assembly, December 22, 2020, to deliver the strike to an finish a lot to the reduction of oldsters. We are saying this as a result of members of ASUU misplaced nothing whereas the strike lasted as they continued to earn their salaries for work not executed. It stated that the choice, reached in good religion between the federal government and the Union, imposed some obligations on either side.
It’s instructive that earlier than the suspension of the strike each events unanimously resolved the seven contentious points that had extended the dispute which included funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned tutorial allowances (EAA), wage shortfall, state universities, visitation panel, reconstitution of the federal government renegotiating crew and the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System (IPPIS).
This newspaper is hoping that this strike would be the final for the sake of the integrity of the union. If the members are delicate sufficient, they might have realised that strike has misplaced its attraction as a compelling drive to get authorities and its businesses to behave in a desired course. Even worse for ASUU, they’ve misplaced the sympathy they used to get pleasure from from mother and father and different stakeholders. That’s the reason we paid eager consideration to ASUU president’s response on how the brand new settlement with the federal authorities is any totally different from the earlier agreements that didn’t stand the check of time.
In our thought of opinion, the federal authorities and ASUU should make sure that each events strictly adhere to the phrases and circumstances that outline this newest settlement. We word additionally that this tradition of strike by ASUU has completely eroded confidence in government-owned universities to the extent that even the lecturers themselves now enrol their youngsters in non-public universities in Nigeria and even overseas.
Regardless, it’s the opinion of this newspaper that it’s time ASUU started to suppose outdoors the field to deal with any labour- associated grievances it has with the federal government with out embarking on strike. The regularity of the strikes has pressured many college students to remain longer than mandatory to finish their tutorial programmes at an enormous price to folks, the scholars in query and the nation at giant.
Apart from, the strikes have didn’t engender the availability of amenities wanted to reinforce educating, studying and analysis within the universities and thus ought to now not be an choice. The impact of those repeated closures of faculties and tutorial programmes on college students’ studying can higher be imagined than described. It’s a unhappy actuality that graduates of Nigerian universities enter the labour market with out the qualities anticipated of somebody who claimed to have handed by means of the system.
It goes with out saying that tertiary training in Nigeria has suffered super setback on account of industrial actions by each the educational (ASUU) and the non-academic employees. This has at all times subjected the scholars to pitiable circumstances because the get unwarranted extension of their research years, ensuing additionally in poor college students’ focus on tutorial programmes in addition to poor lecturer-student relationships amongst others.
Consequently, college students tutorial efficiency has comparatively change into so low whereas varied types of examination malpractice are on the rise.
It is very important reiterate that college system worldwide is famed because the citadel of studying, the fountain of mental improvement and a floor for the manufacturing of leaders of tomorrow. A college, any college performs the function of data and worth supplier, in different phrases, a college progresses when it is ready to present information and worth and when it’s not correctly managed, it then fails on this onerous duty.
This will likely clarify why benefit is the watchword within the college system. A pupil should first be licensed, worthy in character and studying earlier than being admitted into the Honours Roll. The significance of universities as producers of academics, directors and managers for different sectors of nationwide improvement can by no means be over-emphasized. The schools in Nigeria ought to due to this fact not be an exception.
We urge ASUU to really feel for itself and its members and cease embarking on strike anytime it has a disagreement with authorities. On its half, the federal government should honour agreements reached with the Union to make sure seamless tutorial calendar within the college system. By all means, the charade ASUU strike has change into should finish.