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Lecturers protest FG’s refusal to sign agreement with ASUU

….As Osun teachers suspend strike

By Kolade Larewaju and Gbenga Olarinoye
STRIKING lecturers of the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (UNAAB) Ogun State, took to the streets of Abeokuta, the state capital yesterday protesting government continued refusal to sign an agreement it reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since 2001.

The placards carrying lecturers joined by their students, other staff and their colleagues from other universities in Ogun took over the ever busy Ibara round – about and Lalubu street, calling on former President Olusegun Obasanjo and other members of the public to prevail on President Musa Yar’ Adua to go back to the  negotiation table with  ASUU.

ASUU Chairman, UNAAB Chapter, Dr. Agboola Adesina, decried the non -challant attitude of President Yar’ Adua, Education Minister, Dr Sam Egwu and Prof. Julius Okojie, NUC Chairman to the current crisis which had left the nation’s universities shut since June.

The lecturers said the only reason the trio and others could resort to sitting comfortably while universities in Nigeria rot away, persistence of brain drains and quality of products deteriorate was because they can afford to send their wards to either abroad for study or to better funded private universities in Nigeria.

Noting that the struggle is not that of ASUU alone as the future of the youths and the nation rest on the quality of the university education available, the lecturers charged all to call their senators, legislators and councillors to reach out to the Federal Government to put an end to the strike.

…as Osun teachers suspend strike

Striking teachers in both the primary and secondary public schools in Osun State yesterday suspended  their six days old industrial action, following an agreement reached with them by the state government to commence the payment of the  27.5 per cent Peculiar Teachers Allowance (PTA).

The teachers in the state had on Thursday commenced an indefinite strike as a result of the failure by the state government to redeem its pledge over the PTA barely two days after resumption for the 2009/2010 academic session.

It was gathered that the teachers reached an agreement with the state government at a parley between the government representatives led by the Chief of Staff to Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Dr. Peter Babalola and the state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT).

The Chief of Staff who led the government team to the forum  said the government acceded to the demand of the teachers in the interest of the state and development of educational sector.

Babalola, who underscored the important role teachers play in the growth and development of the country noted that the government could not fold its arms and watch the future of youths being wasted due to strike.

He, however, pleaded with the teachers to reciprocate the gesture through improvement in service delivery in order to enhance the level of education in the state.

The chairman of the NUT, Alhaji Saka Adesiyan said the strike had been suspended while teachers were asked to go back to their duty post from today.

Confirming the approval of the PTA by the government, he said the parties had agreed to sign an agreement facilitating it, adding that all teachers in the state would begin to enjoy the allowance  from next month.

He appealed to teachers to regard the success achieved by the union as a challenge to work harder and bring improvement in the standard of education in the state.


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