FG, ASUU Face-Off: TUC Sues For Dialogue


As the nationwide industrial action embarked upon by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), enters its fifth day today (Friday), the Leadership of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has urged the Federal Government to immediately dialogue with the Union’s leadership to nip in the bud further deteriorating state of the Nigerian education system.
In a statement on Wednesday, made available to The Tide and signed by its National President, Comrade Bobboi Kwgama, it said that the government dialoguing with the leadership of ASUU would avoid more damage to the already comatose and overstretched economy and insecurity challenges in the country.
Kaigama said that Federal Government should implement an agreement entered into in 2009 and the memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2013 with ASUU.
The TUC statement stated, “on our part, we have examined the issues raised by the lecturers and did not find them wanting in any, they have asked for revitalization of public universities”, the registration of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company and Pension Matters, among others. The reason we are where we are today as a nation, is because the UNESCO bench mark of 26% for education has never been met, not even half of it by successive governments.
“Nations that are doing well today do not pay lip service to their education sector”.
The union further added that, “we feel pained by this development because virtually all the people in power today attended public schools. They were fed from public treasury, some schooled abroad on scholarships. They have made nonsense of our education system because their children school abroad and of course, they go for graduation ceremonies”.
The  union stressed that “the implication of this strike is that more youth may go into crime with the dictum “all idle mind is the devil’s workshop”.
TUC, therefore, appealed to the government to address the issues with ASUU to avoid further negative news about the country among the comity of nations.