BY EMMA AMAIZE
WARRI— COMMITTEE for Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, Delta State chapter, has called on the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, to suspend its planned sympathy strike with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
“We feel strongly that it is not necessary. Another strike by NUT at this time will compound the problems already encountered by parents of their wards,” the state chapter said in a statement by the chairman and secretary, Benefit Orugbo and Chief Fred Omereyone.
According to Delta CDHR, “The problems of insecurity and moral decadence will be worsened among pupils in the various schools in the country if NUT fails to heed this modest advice. NUT should not bow to pressures by embarking on a sympathy strike as the Federal Government has not failed the NUT in its obligation to members in the past.
“We have experienced over time that, like a game of football where two giants fight, the grass bears the main brunt of the battle. The grass in the ASUU strike appears to be the students in this case, as members of ASUU and the government may not suffer any pains at the end of the strike, but students, definitely, will lose ground by the time they will graduate.
“The respective interests in the ASUU strike ought to be addressed by the deliberating parties to protect, promote and secure the future of the average Nigerian student who cannot afford education abroad.”