Lagos - Alhaji Babs Animasaun, the Founder of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to meet the demands of striking university lecturer at all costs to end the action.
The lecturers, under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), embarked on strike weeks ago to demand better funding of universities, among other things.
Animasaun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos: “I am seriously appealing to the Federal Government, on behalf of Nigerian parents, to end the strike and make education a top priority.”
“We should save the education sector from imminent collapse.”
He noted that the government voluntarily entered into an agreement with the union in 2009 to fund universities better and meet some other demands of the union. “The Federal Government must at all cost meet the demands of the union to save the future of our children,” the NAPTAN founder said.
Animasaun said that the nation’s education sector needed urgent government attention.
A teacher, Titilayo Adebanjo, told NAN that ASUU’s demands were genuine.
She urged the government to make any sacrifice to improve the education sector.
Adebanjo advised the government to avoid workers’ strikes by meeting their demands early.
“ASUU is not asking for too much; the demands are justified.”
“We have the resources in this country, and we must set our priorities right; education must come first in all our plans.”
“Whatever it will take, Nigeria must improve the welfare of the university teacher,” she said.
Aminat Lawal, whose child was affected by the strike, told NAN that the government should resolve the conflict with ASUU fast to save the university system from collapse.
“The Federal Government should accede to the demands of the striking union so that our children can go back to school.”