The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has warned to sue Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for the continuous Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which has left pupils of the public universities at home for more than four months.
In a tweet, SERAP, through its official Twitter account, criticised the Buhari-led administration for infringing the rights of poor children towards education as well as equal protection and further threatened to sue the government for indulging in a crime that is against humanity.
The ASUU strike, which has kept the poor students at their homes while the children of Nigeria’s politicians are attending private school, is indeed a crime against humanity, stated SERAP.
Members of ASUU launched a strike on February 14 this year to highlight their demands which included the revitalisation of public universities and schools and earned academic allowances also the replacement of the IPPIS payment platform with that of the Universities Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS).
This has come after the Nigeria Labour Congress stated that it would hold a one-day nation protest to push the federal government to meet the demands of ASUU and also the other university-based unions who have also joined the strike against ASUU.
ASUU has also demanded the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.
On the other hand, there appears no end to this strike by university teachers because Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), stated they had not yet heard from the government after conducting a meeting with Professor Nimi Briggs renegotiation committee.
The committee is expected to reconsider the draft submitted 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement and renegotiate with all the striking unions.
Since April 2022, the Briggs renegotiation committee has been discussing with the unions to handle the complex issues in the 2009 agreement, which ASUU wants to be settled now after almost a decade.