NAPTAN, CAN Fault ASUU Strike

The National Parents Teachers Association (NAPTAN) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) faulted the strike.

Both organisations said they were not consulted before ASUU declared the strike.

NAPTAN National President Haruna Danjuma said given the kidnapping of some ASUU members at the University of Maiduguri, the authorities had not done enough to guarantee security of workers and students.

Though we were not consulted by ASUU, as parents, we have been in consultation with them to find a lasting solution to their demands.

We were shocked by their (ASUU) decision. We parents are not 100 per cent in support of the strike; but in a situation where it involves lives of students and lecturers, we shall not keep our eyes closed.

I understand that students of Bayero State University are meant to start their exams today (yesterday), but with this strike, it no longer looks feasible.

As parents, we are concerned about the wellbeing of our children from primary up to university levels.

Let government call a roundtable discussion to stop this strike now before things get complicated.

CAN National President Rev. Samson Ayokunle said CAN was unhappy about the situation.

Speaking through his spokesperson Bayo Oladeji, he urged the Federal Government to immediately begin talks with the union.

As far as we are concerned, ASUU did not consult us and I do not think they consulted other stakeholders, such as parents and students, before declaring the strike.

To us, this is unfortunate. The Federal Government too has not helped matters by playing into their hands. From time to time, we have witnessed situations where ASUU embarks on strikes only for government to beg them to resume with a promise to attend to their demands, but in the end, nothing will happen.

Our children are now spending between seven to eight years in universities before they graduate and CAN is not happy about the situation.

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