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ASUU Strike: Give Them Their Money – Parents React

Posted By : J Rock on Saturday, 31 August 2013 | 09:10

 It’s been two months since the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on a nationwide indefinite strike. This was as a result of the inability of the Federal Government to implement the issues contained in a 2009 agreement it had with ASUU. Some Nigerian parents have sent out strong messages to President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene and put an end to the prolonged strike immediately:
Here’s what the affected parents told Vanguard on the issue… Government not feeling the strike because their children are in private universities — Ohwaguono Onos Mr. Ohwaguono Onos, a parent and a post graduate student of University of Lagos( UNILAG), who was affected by the strike has this to say. “The ASUU strike has made my children shift focus to other things that are costing me additional funds I didn’t budget for.And parents who cannot engage their wards in these suffer distress and heart-aches because of the nuisance the students constitute at home.

One thing I have learnt is that after each episode of strike, the students are no more focused even when they resume lectures because they have been out for so long. ASUU went on strike because they want the government to come to their plight and help them. “If the Senators can have sitting and sleeping allowances, then the builders of these characters should be considered; they are the lecturers. My only pain is that these ones in government are not feeling it because their own children are not in the Federal and State universities.

Their children are abroad schooling, their children are in private universities. Most of the people in sensitive government positions are the owners of most private Universities which are funded by our own money. How can the strike affect the government? Our plea is for the government to listen to the masses, listen to ASUU and help them; that way they are helping us and saving the future. Federal government should meet the demands of the lecturers —Oluranti Olushola Mrs Oluranti Olushola, a teacher who said her son was affected by the strike pleaded that the Federal Government should help them so their children can go back to school. “I am seriously appealing to the Federal Government, on behalf of Nigerian parents, to end the strike and make education a top priority and also save the education sector from imminent collapse.” She noted that the government voluntarily entered into an agreement with the union in 2009 to fund universities better and meet some other demands of the union. “The Federal Government must at all costs meet the demands of the union to save the future of our children,” she said.
source: naijaonpoint
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