By Dennis Agbo
Abakaliki- The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to invoke the unionâ€™s sledge on universities that conducted Post University Matriculation Examinations for prospective students.
Even though ASUU strike had paralyzed academic activities inÂ the country’s universities for over two months, some universities recently conducted Post-UME screening, while others have continued to advertise dates for such examinations, especially since the Federal Government discontinued negotiation with ASUU.
Briefing newsmen at Abakaliki, weekend, ASUU Vice President, Dr Nasir Fagge said that such examinations â€œat this point in time is not only illegal but meant to incite students against lecturersâ€, maintaining that it was a deliberate attempt by some Vice Chancellors to exploit unsuspecting parents and students. The union threatened to sanction their members who were involved in the conduct of the post-UME tests.
Fagge urged the Federal Government to reopen negotiation with ASUU instead of playing coward and stressed that unless an accord was reached and signed between the Federal Government and ASSU, the strike continues.
â€œIt is very easy to resolve this impasse. Government should in keeping with Mr. Vice Presidentâ€™s directive, mandate its negotiating team to resume and conclude negotiations with ASUU and sign the agreement.
To ensure conclusion of this exercise within one week, the Education Minister should as directed, provide the two teams with a list of areas of contention in the 2009 agreement. In the interest of the nationâ€™s education sector and that of our students and their parents, ASUU calls on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on government to act right,â€ Fagge said.
He accused the Minister of Education, Dr Sam Egwu, the Executive Secretaries of the National Universities Commission, (NUC) and the Education Trust Fund, (ETF) of deliberately frustrating all efforts made so far by ASSU and Vice President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan to resolve the industrial action but expressed optimism that if the necessary stakeholders could come to terms with the situation, the strike might well be called-off within one week.