A group, Education Rights Campaign (ERC), has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to sign the agreement it has with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) before the expiration of the two weeks ASUU suspended its strike.
Commending the suspension of the over three-month industrial action, ERC noted that suspension of the strike apart from allowing students continue their studies had equally provided opportunity for resumption of negotiations, and urged the federal government to accede to the demands of other unions involved in the strike.
A statement signed by the national coordinator, Hassan Taiwo Soweto and the secretary, Chinedu Bosah, the two week suspension of strike was a ceasefire with an expiry date and advised the government to take advantage of the suspension to sign and implement the agreement reached.
The student group called for increment of education fund to about 26 per cent of Nigerian annual budget to enable the universities have basic facilities and scrap old fees so as to allow children from poor backgrounds have access to higher education.
The body also wants the Federal Government to pay more attention to students welfare which it observed was omitted in the negotiation.
“Students constitute a crucial part of Nigeria’s education sector, therefore every effort greared towards stability in the sector can only work if students are involved,” the statement said.