ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik), Awka, Anambra State has decried the federal government’s insensitive disposition to prolonged strike by.
Leader of the union, Steve Ufoaroh, while speaking with journalists Ufoaroh expressed dissatisfaction over the attitude of the government, which led to the warning protest and strike, noting that the government is foot-dragging on the implementation of the 2009 ASUU/FG agreement.
According to him, it is unfair for students, lecturers, parents, school authorities and stakeholders to bear the brunt of the failure of the political class.
According to him, it is unfair for students to have been at home for more than five months, arising of the prolonged strike.
He stressed that the development has affected prospective admission seekers and existing graduates, who are due for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) , adding that the tendency of the government to hide its insincerity and insensitivity under the canopy of setting up one review committee and the other is a bad omen.
In his reaction, Secretary of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Bonny Ozonkwaku, condemned the imposition of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) on universities instead of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), arguing that rather than cure fraud, it has become a fraudulent system itself.
Also speaking, State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) of Nigeria, Chris Ogbonna, attributed the insensitivity factor to the fact that most politicians and public office holders have their children and/or wards studying abroad where modern and conducive educational facilities exist.
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