The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Adamawa State has alleged ‘an evil gang-up’ against public education in Nigeria.
The Union also allege that Federal Government is frittering golden opportunities to resolve contentions in the education sector.
This claim was made by the Chairman of the Modibbo Adama University (MAU) Yola chapter of ASUU, El-Maude Jibreel Gambo on Tuesday.
He alleged “crass neglect” of public education, accusing the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige of waging a personal vendetta against ASUU.
In his words, The Federal Government is missing the opportunity presented by the suspension of the strike to engage the union in finding amicable ways of resolving the issues that led to the strike.
“Instead, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige in pursuance of his personal vendetta and war he declared against ASUU, wrote to the minister of finance to pay our members pro-rata salaries,” Gambo said.
He added that “ASUU has signed three different Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the current government in 2017, 2019 and 2020. But the government failed to implement substantial components of the MoA’s. This is apart from the government discarding the reports that arose from collective bargaining between the two committees constituted by the government headed respectively by Prof. Munzali Jibril and Prof Nimi Briggs on one hand and ASUU on the other hand.
“The collective bargaining reports contain far-reaching agreements on condition of service of university staff, funding and autonomy of universities that if implemented would go far in changing the narrative of the university education in Nigeria p. The FGN mischievously refused to accept the reports of committees the government itself set up but insisted on ASUU accepting ridiculous take it or leave it offer.
“Majority of the people in government are products of free education but they deliberately refuse to extend such gesture to the children of the masses. They are comfortably siphoning our common resources to educate their children in private foreign universities while superintending the conversion of public universities to glorified secondary schools,”
Meanwhile the Taraba State University (TSU) Branch on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest around the institution over what they described as traffic quarter salary.
They claimed to be victimized by the Taraba state government for participating in the just concluded nationwide ASUU strike and threatened to embark on an indefinite strike if the situation is not addressed
“We wish to bring to public notice, the unfortunate victimization of our members by the Taraba state government for participating in the just concluded nationwide ASUU strike. The Executive Governor of Taraba State, the Visitor to TSU, governor Darius Ishaku has maintained categorically, the “no work, no pay stands as a punitive measure against the Union for participating in the nationwide strike.”