COHI urges ASUU to suspend strike

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The Council of Higher Institutions (COHI) has pleaded with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) not to delay resumption of academic activities in schools any longer.

COHI coordinator, Taofeek Iyanda, in a statement issued in Lagos, lamented that students were the ones suffering the effects of the strike.

The group, which is an arm of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, while agreeing the union was fighting a “just cause” called for the suspension of the ASUU Strike.

EduCeleb.com recalls that following Monday’s meeting between both the Federal Government and ASUU, the government announced the approval of the release of about N35 billion for both the revitalisation of universities and the unpaid earned allowances for the university teachers.

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi only responded that his team would be consulting its Zones before taking any decision further.

Reacting to that, Iyanda begged the zonal Congress of ASUU to agree to the suspension of the strike.

He said, “The strike is simply a means to turn the current and upcoming generation into half-baked literates, who would not have adequate and the required professional competencies to challenge the world development.

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“If the government and ASUU allow this matter to linger on, the implication will come in the way of degradation in the value of education in the country, premature labour forces in the labour market, and retrogression in research and development of the country.”

He alleged that government officials use strike as a means of promoting the private institutions owned by their cronies.

“If you recall that the Universities of Atiku and Obasanjo were opened during the ASUU strikes that came up in their administration, you will be tempted to accuse some government officials of frustrating the resumption of ASUU,” he added.

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