The impact of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ prolonged strike on students and tertiary education in the nation has been bemoaned by Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party.
Due to what ASUU claimed as the government’s “failure” to accept its demands, the organization went on strike on February 14.
The demands include paying earned allowances, giving colleges funding for revitalization, setting up visiting panels, and using the University Transparency Accountability Solution to pay ivory tower employees rather than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
A committee led by Prof. Nimi Briggs was established by the government to examine the 2009 ASUU-FG agreement and the union’s demands.
ASUU leaders claimed that no offer was offered to them when they left a meeting with the government on August 16.
On August 30, 2023, according to The PUNCH, ASUU announced a complete and indefinite strike. The choice was made at a Sunday in Abuja gathering of the union’s National Executive Council.
The LP presidential candidate responded to the ongoing strike on his Twitter account on Wednesday by claiming that universities have been shuttered for six months.
He bemoaned what he called a “staggering level of corruption” in Nigeria, noting that the nation had also become divided along racial and religious lines.
He noted: “Nigeria is vastly polarized and wracked by deep divisions along religious, ethnic and regional lines. There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have remained closed for six months.
“While our healthcare system remains almost moribund, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low.
“Our position is that ASUU strike has lingered for far too long. It is unconscionable, worrisome and unacceptable that FGN would allow such an industrial action to become almost intractable to the detriment of our students.
“It’s time for FGN to engage in collaborative negotiations with ASUU, and in good faith. -PO”