ASUU/NASUU STRIKE: Peace and Social Advancement Centre calls for immediate end to industrial action

ASUU/NASUU STRIKE: Peace and Social Advancement Centre calls for immediate end to industrial action

Peace and Social Advancement Centre, an independent Think Tank and Third Party Intervention Centre has called for an immediate end to the ongoing ASUU strike which has paralyzed higher education in the country since February 14th, 2022. 

In a statement issued in Benin City, Edo State capital, the Executive Director of the Centre, Mr. Femi Adeleye expressed worry over the closure of the universities and its inherent danger to the foundation and development of tertiary education in Nigeria.

He said if the industrial action is allowed to fester it can trigger social crises and compound the current economic woes of the various host communities.

“The industrial action embarked by Academic Staff Union of University and Non Academic Staff Union of University if not immediately called off can trigger unimaginable social crises owing to idleness occasioned by the strike.

“The Federal Government and ASUU as well as NASUU must in the interest of Nigeria and her future reach amicable and acceptable settlement of all contending issues and called off the strike action soon as possible.”

 Adeleye reminded both parties that “all it takes to destroy social fabrics is to destroy learning and education like the ongoing 5 Months industrial action.”

He reiterated the Peace and Social Advancement Centre’s commitment to working closely with all parties in order to promptly resolve and reach settlement, saying the irreversible times wasted during the strike is enough.

He further urged both parties to reach a common ground stressing that incessant strike actions are inimical to the growth of education in Nigeria.

“Peace and Social Advancement Centre is unflinchingly committed to the growth of learning in the nation and look forward to working closely with all parties in order to promptly resolve all issues.

“Thus, all parties should find more acceptable means to resolve any arising disputes without necessarily using strikes as an option.”

He added that although dispute is inevitable in all human relationships but “parties at all times must show understanding, maturity and sacrifice in order to always achieve peaceful outcomes on win-win basis.”, the statement concluded.