Nigeria: Save Public Education Campaign, an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation), has stated that a national mass protest will be organised by them to try to put an end to the ongoing strikes by the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities).
The administrator of the organisation, Vivian Bello, has disclosed this during a conference in Abuja on Monday, 27 June.
The head stated that the women were on the receiving end of the issues being faced by students in Nigeria, further stating that only people’s will can now put an end to these challenges faced by public education.
He said that they are watching in complete awe and detestation the almost destruction of Tertiary Education in Nigeria.
The statistics have shown that ASUU has been on strike for around 725 days since the start of this administration over concerns that trouble largely on poor welfare, university autonomy and a lack of sufficient funding for universities.
Moreover, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, COEASU AND ASUP have also joined the ASUU on strike regarding similar issues.
The NGO convener has urged the government to pay attention and put in their resources to face the problems of tertiary education in the nation.
Bello has also expressed her worry regarding the 1.29 trillion budgeted for education which is 7.9% of the country’s budget, stating it differs from the 26% minimum recommendation by UNESCO.
She said that over the ongoing protest, they have demanded that the negotiation process of the strike action, involving as led by the Professor Nimi Briggs committee, be instantly concluded and signed.
The IPPIS has been particularly explained and pointed out with proof by the striking academic unions as inconsistent, problematic and fraudulent.
“The platform should thus be set aside while the offered more credible options; UTAS, U3PS deployed accordingly,” she added.
She advocated the instantaneous payment of unpaid salaries of the striking members of the academic unions while asking the funding for public education at all levels.