by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The National President of Parents/Teachers Association of Nigeria (PTAN), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, has expressed total dissatisfaction over the extension of ASUU strike by additional 2 months, saying, the extension would have devastative implication to the educational sector across the 36 states in the country.
The association also urged the States and Federal House of Assembly to equally intervene in the matter by bring back both the two parties to a round-table dialogue, while calling on religious leaders, traditional title holders and other educational stakeholders to appeal to ASUU.
In an interview with newsmen in Kaduna, PTAN equally called on Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), UNICEF, and UNESCO in the country to equally appeal to both ASUU and Federal Government to work towards bringing an end to the continuous strike.
Danjuma said, “We were hoping that, at the end of the one-month warning strike by ASUU, that, both government and the Union will have come to an agreement; but it’s really unfortunate that they are going on another strike. We strongly believe it will affect our students and the standard of education across the country.
The PTAN National President noted that, “ASUU has extended its warning strike for another two months. The decision to extend the strike was taken at the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was held last night in Abuja.”
According to him, “Any additional months at home would have serious consequences to the educational sector, including economy, agriculture. We don’t want our boys back home; we prefer seen dialogue between the two parties that would solve the strike.
“The strike comes with increase in price of foodstuffs, high cost of petroleum and general insecurity challenges beveling peace stability in the country. We don’t want our children to spend 3 months at home because of strike.
“We are begging on Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, go back and resolve their problems with ASUU,” he said.
Furthermore, PTAN appealed to ASUU to, “Please and please, have a rethink over the issues,” while calling on Federal Government to listen to their demand, in order to save their children from wasting more time at home.
The national president still “begged Federal Government to save the entire abducted school students that were still in bandits’ and other terrorists’ captivity, and called for total protection of all boarding schools to halt activities of bandits, Boko Haram, and kidnappers causing a serious setback to the nation’s educational system.”
Similarly, an interfaith specialist in Nigeria, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani, who is national president of ‘Foundation for the Protection of Women and Children’ in the country, has drawn the attention of ASUU and the Federal Government on the importance of dialogue as a way towards tackling any problem bedeviling progress and development.
She stressed that many students would have no choice than to stay at home; hence, the need for both the ASUU and FG to do the needful.