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Monday, July 22, 2013

ASUU strikes worrisome, says Senate

ASUU strikes worrisome, says Senate
The Senate yesterday said that incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), is worrisome.
The upper chamber also said it is working assiduously to ensure that the industrial action by varsity teachers is called off without delay.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, spoke when members of the National Association of Nigeria University Students (NANUS) visited the committee in Abuja.
The students were at the National Assembly to express their concern over the spate of strikes by ASUU.
The students noted that their findings showed the teachers had been on strike for 30 months in the last 12 years, some of the strikes lasting as long as eight months.
Chukwumerije said his committee decided to grant the students audience because members realised that they were deeply concerned about unending strikes by ASUU.
He said: “The Senate is working seriously to get ASUU to call off its strike. We are all concerned. The phenomenon of incessant strikes by ASUU is bothering us because it has negative effect not only on education but also on the country.
“We also ask, must ASUU go on strike? Is there not other alternative to strike? We are bothered and we are working to see an end to the current strike by ASUU.”
Chukwumerije said that the students raised important issue when they highlighted the issue of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) by universities.
He noted that all over the world, universities depended on themselves “but here universities depend 90 per cent on government.”
He said that ASUU believes that government should honour the agreement it reached with union.
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