Ezekiel O. Kayode
SIR: The academia was the final place one would count on any stage efficiency from a melancholy script. The nation is on its kneels begging to return to its earlier life.
After which ASUU informs that it could not droop its strike regardless of the fee of salaries hitherto withheld by the federal authorities.
ASUU insists that the federal authorities just isn’t doing it any favour as its members have been entitled to the salaries within the first place.
In actual fact, it now claims the “strike isn’t just about IPPIS.” ASUU had at all times claimed its strike was intent on voicing out the numerous ills within the training sector and rightly so. Till IPPIS occurred.
Let’s reply for some unaccounted variables. The 2020 ASUU strike was all about IPPIS, versus what the affiliation stated.
Anybody with half their eyes open might see what was obvious. Grievance concerning the incapability of the federal government to stay to the memorandum of understanding agreed upon in 2009 was conspicuously somewhat element pushed out to place the affiliation’s grumbling in good gentle.
ASUU’s ill-feeling in direction of IPPIS is summarized in two phrases: College autonomy. Their competition is that IPPIS infringes on the independence of the college.
However a have a look at issues counsel that the college was rarely autonomous. And if it was, can it’s autonomous of whoever sponsors it? Any such factor as college autonomy will solely thrive in a self-sufficient mannequin. Most federal universities can’t survive with out authorities’s funding.
And there’s the latest grumbling that the federal authorities requested to revalidate the Financial institution Verification Variety of lecturers.
ASUU questioned the sudden change as a result of “members weren’t paid with BVN prior to now.” One is confused. What precisely does ASUU need? I say “decide your battle!”
ASUU would then instruct its members to not submit their BVN. What precisely is mistaken in paying via a scheme that promotes transparency? Or what precisely is ASUU’s argument? The affiliation appears to be taking pictures its place within the leg recently.
This may occasionally provoke a change in dynamics because the plenty, much more college students, start to reckon with ASUU as a conglomerate of grasping lecturers. Possibly true, possibly not.
Talking of change in dynamics, the pandemic threatens to tilt the steadiness of energy to the federal authorities.
There may be the query of whether or not it’s considerate of ASUU to stick with the strike past the pandemic, understanding absolutely nicely the impression of the pandemic on the nation’s psychological state.
There may be additionally a name for rationality. It’s laughable that ASUU expects the federal government to maintain to an MoU when its main stream of revenue has plummeted by greater than 50%.
A barrel of oil now not sells for the budgeted $57. On the genesis of the strike, it was already foretold that oil would drop to $37 within the second quarter —a miserable prediction for Nigeria’s surviving economic system.
A barrel of oil went as little as beneath $20 few weeks again and there are not any indicators to counsel that it could recognize to $57 earlier than the yr ends.
It’s about time we colored the sketches. This authorities is not any saint both—that a lot wants be stated. The figures directed to the unreasonable institution of “tatashe” universities in 2018 might simply have been used to boost the requirements of present federal universities, and extra importantly, pacify ASUU’s grumblings.
The federal government additionally occur to prioritise inconsequential initiatives like renovation of the senate advanced. To not point out, the insane figures pocketed by authorities officers.
When two elephants combat, the grass suffers. The federal government and ASUU are taking part in delay techniques and politics with harmless college students’ future.
The calendar has been disjointed by the pandemic. College students can’t soak up any additional injury from an affiliation that claims to be dedicated to their curiosity.
ASUU will proceed its strike, however is it moral? Is it proper to talk with a tone that counsel it’s unwilling to conform to any compromise?