Dissecting ASUU’s complicity and deficiency of tact, By Gbemiga Ogunleye


If Federal Govt officers who have shown complete incompetence and insensitivity by keeping our youngsters at residence when they must be in university researching, ought to have to be tied to the stakes, then officers of the Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU), far too, ought to have to be flogged publicly at the current market square!

For, as they say, two wrongs really do not make a correct!

The bring about of the strike is much too properly acknowledged to be stated in this article.

Aside from, this short article does not seek to apportion blame.

My issue is the plight of the learners and to investigate no matter if ASUU could have performed factors in different ways, in particular, when dealing with people who are both stone deaf or truly unreasonable!

To be sure, without the struggles of ASUU, community universities would have probably collapsed. Many thanks to ASUU, the Tertiary Education Have faith in Fund (TETFUND) was established up to deliver the desired infrastructure and other ancilliary facilities to the universities.

But in my view, right after heading on strike for a few months, without the need of governing administration conference its needs, it must be apparent to the union that a different possibility, other than strike ought to be explored.

By extending the strike by one more 3 months, ASUU is unconsciously aiding the government officers to wipe out the future of the youthful era.

The implications of maintaining youthful small children at household when they really should be in university, are most likely shed on both equally ASUU and the federal government. The idle head, they say, is the playground for the satan.

For a state nonetheless reeling from the disastrous consequences of about 10 million out-of-college kids, it beggars perception that it could afford to pay for to near down community universities for a few months and officials of point out are not bothered.

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To add insult to the proverbial damage, those people who are charged with the responsibility of resolving the ASUU crisis are active campaigning, planning for subsequent year’s typical election.

As social critic, Tunde Fagbenle would say: What a region?

On the portion of the university lecturers, they are definitely offered on the concept that, the only language federal government understands, is the language of strike.

But now that the govt has turned a deaf ear to their grievances, shouldn’t they adopt a further system?

Couldn’t ASUU, for instance, have taken a cue from our females, who immediately after the payments on gals empowerment had been rejected by the Countrywide Assembly, staged a series of protests at the Countrywide Assembly until eventually the lawmakers promised to revisit the expenses.

Couldn’t ASUU have embarked on advocacy strategies to our top traditional rulers and elder statesmen (and gals) on the have to have for them to make authorities see purpose.

There is also the concern of the wisdom in embarking on a strike when political business office holders are all fast paced, trying to find reelection or reappointment.

Would not it be a much better option for ASUU to table its grievances before the presidential aspirants of the political functions and invite them to an ASUU discussion board for them to explore their options for the training sector if elected next 12 months.

As the mental power  property of the region, would not it have been a lot more beneficial to us all, if ASUU took curiosity in the ongoing process to amend the Structure by proferring significantly-achieving constitutional amends like scrapping a single arm of the Nationwide Assembly building the legislature a part time business, with users only currently being compensated sitting allowances restricting the number of ministers and commissioners to a workable number, and many others.

These actions will free up resources to be utilised to fund education and learning.

Rather, devoid of blinking an eye, the union declared with glee that it was extending the 3-month aged strike by a further a few months, without the need of thinking of the result on not only the future of the students, but also the curiosity of their inadequate parents who have laboured to deliver them to college.

Probably the union took this action, confident that even if it went on strike for a year, almost nothing spoil, to borrow a street lingo. Their salaries and allowances would still be paid out.

Now that college undergraduates have started a series of protests above the ongoing closure of their campuses, ASUU must be all set to share component of the blame, really should nearly anything untoward comes about to these learners.

Prolonging this strike is an sick wind that will do the country no superior.

ASUU shoud be brave plenty of to announce to the nation, that following phone calls from perfectly-meaning Nigerians and in consideration of the interests of the pupils and their mom and dad, it has suspended the ongoing strike.

That, in my look at, is the route of honour.

Gbemiga Ogunleye is a Nigerian lawyer, journalist, media scholar and the previous provost of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism.

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