Nigerian parents, teachers and students of primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions are seriously worried and totally disappointed that President Umaru Musa Yar’Ádua and his Minister of Education can feel comfortable wasting the education life of Nigeria’s future leaders for over eight weeks now without finding immediate and quick solution to whatever problem might beset their industrial dispute with the academic trade unions, Alhaji Babs Alade Animashaun, National Co-ordinator, National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) has said.

His words: “Teachers in our universities and other tertiary institutions deserve more than what they are even asking for now through their previous negotiations with the Federal government. The crisis of industrial dispute between the Federal government and ASUU is nothing b ut a blatant show of power arising out of Federal government deception and insincerity to all previously concluded negotiations.”

He advised that henceforth, academic trade unions must learn to insist on Federal government guarantee of fitness and full authority to commit it to its representatives/negotiators before any industrial union commences dialogue on negotiation with the Federal government on workers welfare matters.

Ïn the present educationally disruptive and Federal Government induced crisis in education, the building of the desired better future for the Nigerian youths very urgently demand and should compel President Yar’Adua to personally mediate and grant acceptable solution that can make ASUU and other academic trade unions call off their strikes without any further delay.”

Animashaun called on President Umaru Musa Yar’Adia to get our universities back to work without any further delay; saying that “the academic staff strike be called off now.”

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