The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, which is also known as (CVCNU) has placed an emergency call to the Nigerian Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve the lingering issues and put an end to the ongoing strike.
Speaking on why the committee of Vice-chancellors is calling on the government and lecturers, the Chairman of the committee, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), says it’s high time people in authority come together to return students back to classrooms.
Professor Samuel said that it is now crucial for both parties to come to an agreement to end the strike as soon as possible because this industrial strike action is affecting the educational system and academic calendar.
The Vice-chancellors committee president pleads with the federal government to honour the agreements entered into for academic activities to begin in all affected universities.
Prof. Samuel said and I quote below:
“We have already given a press release arising from the meeting of the general assembly of Vice-chancellors, and we are asking that ASUU and the Federal Government should amicably resolve all lingering issues”.
Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, who is currently, the Vice-Chancellor of Niger Delta University (NDU), expressed optimism that the issues would be resolved soon and students will return back to school to begin learning.
Recall that ASUU had on February 14th, embarked on an industrial strike to ask the federal government to honour all its demands, including a call for the government to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed in December 2020 on funding for the revitalisation of public universities.
Other demands that ASUU is asking the federal government to honour before the strike is called off, include: Earned Academic Allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) among others.
Representing the federal government is the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who disclosed that the Federal Government and ASUU would resume negotiation this week.