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Intervene in ASUU crisis - PTA appeals to President Buhari


President Buhari

The National President, Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Nigeria, Danjuma Haruna, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene to dissuade ASUU from embarking on a fresh nationwide strike.

The PTA National President made the appeal while addressing newsmen in Kaduna following recent threats of a fresh strike by many branches of ASUU.

He said it was necessary for the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to sit at a round table to resolve the pending issues, to avoid another shut down of academic activities in the universities.

Haruna said embarking on a new nationwide strike would definitely affect the educational system in the country, stressing that so many students would be forced to go home thereby increasing social vices in the country.

He noted that solving ASUU problems would help to improve the standard of education in all the universities across the 36 states of Nigeria.

Danjuma Haruna noted that the last ASUU strike which ended in March 2020, lasted for nine months and was only called off when the Federal Government allowed ASUU members receive their salaries through their home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, software instead of the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS.

Danjuma said there were still demands by ASUU that the federal government have not completed, warning that ASUU has now threatened to embark on another nationwide strike over those same issues.

He appealed to President Buhari and all stakeholders in the Nigerian educational sector to quickly intervene and help resolve the problems, pointing out that if not resolved, it was going to affect University education in Nigeria.

He begged ASUU to please give PTA the last option which is to see Mr President and talk to him, rather than embarking on a fresh strike which may likely have devastating effects on the education sector.

He said, “Our children would definitely come back home if ASUU starts its strike, and this has many negative consequences for our young boys and girls who are supposed to be studying at the universities.”

"As parents, we would continue to beg ASUU and the Federal government to come to dialogue and resolve their problems rather than a fresh strike."

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