Thursday, 10 October 2013

Do Not Allow Education Sector to Shut Down - NLC Tells GEJ

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on President GoodluckEbele Jonathan to decisively tackle the crises in the education sector in order to prevent a total shut-down of the sector. We urge Mr President to muster all the necessary will and skill to confront the issues that threaten this vital sector. As President of the country, he has the onerous task of  rising to the challenge of restoring normalcy to the sector whether the issues are political as he has made the nation to believe or whether they are purely industrial.

The threat of a total shut-down is present and immediate and deserves all the urgency and mobilisationMr President could muster. The developments in the Education Sector are symptomatic of greater ills in the polity.

The strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), for instance is in its fourth month and has almost certainly disrupted an entire academic session with collateral consequences.

The three other leading unions in the Education Sector, viz, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Academic Institutions (NASU); the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); National Association of Academic Technologies (NAAT); and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) have all threatened to go on strike within the next few days except their demands are met.

Also the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has signalled its readiness to embark on a solidarity strike if government fails to resolve within two weeks the issues of contestation with ASUU.

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