NIDSUG president urges ASUU to explain what will happen to the revitalization of Nigerian Universities, the basis for which the Strike was undertaken
NIGER DELTA STUDENTS UNION GOVERNMENT ( NIDSUG) WORLDWIDE
I wish to congratulate the Niger Delta students over the conditional suspension of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) industrial actions.
The National leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) had in February 2020, a month before embarking on industrial actions over failure of Government to meet her demands, rolled out four (4) Cardinal points or reasons for which the group will be embarking on strike action, which were listed to be as follows:
1. Payment of Earned Academic Allowance ( EÀA): that the Federal Government should pay their withheld Salaries through other legitimate means other than the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Systems ( IPPIS).
2. Revitalization of the University systems in the Country: that the FG should release Fund to upgrade, revitalize and revamp Nigerian universities to meeting world class Standard.
3. Setting up Visitation Panels to university: Having Monitoring systems to encouraging and ensuring effective and quality education systems.
4. Fulfilling conditions in the 2004 Agreements reached between the two sides amongst others: which bothers on Staff welfare and pension plans.
The National leadership of the Niger Delta students Union Government ( NIDSUG) led by its National president, Comr. Maaloo Dgreat, GCAF had on several occasions in the months of August, September and October appealed to the leadership of ASUU to shift grounds on their negotiations and allow students return to class rooms, while also Calling on the Federal Government to look into the demands of ASUU by giving them the proposed amount of money needed that will meet the projected demands. All efforts were abortive and to no avail.
However, in October after the meeting between the ASUU and the federal Government to end the lingering Strike action was stalled because the FG unilaterally refused to meet the demands of ASUU and their failure to even pay the withheld salaries through legitimate means other than the integrated personnel and payroll system worsen the entire process of negotiations.
The NIDSUG leadership in a delegation led Comr. Maaloo Dgreat and members of the National Executive Council had upon this development met with the leadership of ASUU to soften their grounds and allow the students return to class while still engaging the Federal Government to meeting your demands, an advice which the ASUU leadership turn down and instead appealed to the Student community that the decision to embarked on strike action is good, and it is for the interest of the future because the Revitalization plans and the Staff welfare will help reposition our University system to meeting international standard.
Recently, the National leadership of ASUU had on the 22nd of December 2020 Suspended the strike action temporarily to allow academic activities resume.and they do this without having any of the demands met sufficiently. The questions are these:
1. Why didn’t you do this long ago to allow us suffer 5 additional months at home even after the FG ordered academic activities to resume after the ban of the dreaded Pandemic Virus- Covid 19 was lifted in all the federating states of country?
2. What happens to the Revitalization plans, the ground for which you make the students believed that you are fighting for our interest of educational welfare and upgrading of school facilities to meeting world class standard?
3. Do you know the resultant effect the strike has occasioned on the Students? The magnitude of damages are irretrievable, months and times are gone.
We want Answers to these questions ASUU!!!
We are perceiving that ASUU and the FG are playing with the destiny of Nigerian Students.
The NIDSUG National leadership of is understudying the situations and conducting an in- depth consultations as to what to do in respect to the above questions and at the appropriate time we shall make known to the public our RESOLUTIONS which shall be MASS ACTIONS. An action which no group or individual will be able to resist.
It is on this note that we make the following submissions:
1. That Federal Government should give ASUU the amount needed to revitalise our University systems to meeting world class standard, the amount demanded is smaller compare to the Annual budget of NAS Members, NDDC, NNPC, NPA, etc.
2. ASUU What happens to the Revitalization plans, the basis for which you undertook the Strike actions? We demand answer.
COMR. MAALOO DGREAT, GCAF
Niger Delta Students Union Government ( NIDSUG) Worldwide.
COMR. IDOKO SAMUEL
Niger Delta students Union Government ( NIDSUG) Worldwide.