The NAPTAN, Parents, under the aegis of the National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, have disclosed that the association can only beg members of the striking varsity teacher, ASUU, to end the current strike if the government considers the committees reports which was set up by the government buy into the matter and come out with its expected decisions.
The parental body also admonished the government to come out with it offer publicly before the association can buy into the ideal of appealing to the striking union.
Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, the NAPTAN president speaking in a chat on Sunday, 7th of August, 2022 disclosed why it can wage into the impasse between the government and striking teachers.
The association also reacted to the speech made by the state Minister for Labour, Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN, who said the parents should beg the members of ASUU to end it ongoing strike so that varsity students can go back to classes.
Keyamo who said ASUU is asking for N1.1trn was also quoted that the government would not go borrowing so as to meet the demands of ASUU.
However, NAPTAN urging the government to consider the committees report set up by the ministry before it can consider appealing to the striking varsity teachers and mediate between the federal government and Striking unions, said “Let the FG consider all the reports of the various committees it set up to negotiate with ASUU. There was a committee led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari among numerous committees. There has never been a time when parents are involved in the negotiation. We don’t want a situation where somebody will pitch us against ASUU or any group.
“The negotiation should involve parents, NANS, ASUU and government team. What the government should do is consider the reports of those committees and look at areas they can afford or work on and present same to ASUU and if whatever they can afford is unacceptable to the unions, then parents and others can come in to intervene,” Danjuma said.
ASUU President, Prof. Osodeke reacting to Keyamo speech said it is subtle blackmail on the ASUU union for someone to insinuate that the union is pushing the federal government to borrow on it behalf. He noted that the union had only urge the federal government to refurbish the Nigeria education sector.
Osodoko also urge the government to get its priorities right to solve the impasse so that students can return to classes.
“We are not asking the government to go borrowing. But since the Minister is a Nigerian, he should know what our demands are. Our demands include that they implement the Memorandum of Action signed in 202 with us” he said
“The document says government will release the first tranche of the Revitalisation Fund, pay Earned Academic Allowance, stop proliferation of universities, renegotiate the 2009 Agreement among others. They have set up a committee to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement and they are yet to come up with anything from the report of the committee they set up. I wonder why some people behave as if they are living in another world entirely. Is it because they are occupying public offices that they seem to exist in another planet,? “ “asked Osodeke
Recalled that ASUU embarked on warning strike since the 14th of February, 2022 over federal government unfaithful it promises.