The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has said it will shut down the Aviation sector nationwide in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU over the lingering strike.
ANAP made this known in a statement issued by the general secretary of ANAP, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu and made available to Reporters on Monday.
He called on President Mohammadu Buhari to end the strike immediately without further delay.
ANAP noted that the continued stay at home by students of tertiary institutions has added to social vices in the country as students now engaged in some unpalatable activities capable of destroying their future.
ANAP threatened that they will join in the strike in solidarity by closing the aviation sector if government did not take urgent necessary steps to address ASUU’s demands.
The Association noted that the over four-month strike has ridiculed the educational system and making it a laughing stock before the world.
The union noted that ASUU, NASU, SAUTHRIAI, NAAT had been on strike for more than four months due to the apparent failure of government to sign the re-negotiated 2009 Agreement with ASUU, failure to honour the terms reached at in May 2022 MoU signed with ASUU, and habitual failure of government to respect Collective Bargaining Agreements willingly signed with labour Unions.
ANAP explained that not only the students were suffering but parents and the society, adding that the poor economy has also affected every home in the country.
ANAP noted that education remained the bedrock of any nation aspiring for greatness, saying that ASUU strike will eventually lead to a regrettable situation in future if not well handled.
“Our children are using eight years to read courses of four years with resources being wasted. We cannot continue this way,” it stated.
ANAP warned that the future of education will be bleak as little or no attention was focused on the system as most of the children of politicians are schooling abroad
The union warned that their members will align with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) position on protest against the unfortunate situation in the tertiary education sector.
It added that all members have been put on alert in solidarity actions on the directive of Nigeria Labour Congress at very short notice.
It could be recalled that the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) had also threatened to shutdown it’s activities nationwide over the lingering ASUU strike.
NUBIFIE said it will join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in its solidarity strike over the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
NUBIFIE disclosed that it was obvious that the lingering lecturers’ strike, since Feb. 14, would continue to take huge toll on the academic performance of the students.
It also noted the psychological trauma it had impaired on both the student and the poor parents.
NUBIFIE called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene concretely and end the ongoing strikes.
The NUBIFIE statement read in part: “However, if after one-day protest by NLC on this issue and nothing is done, the union will have no other option than to call out all our members in banks, insurance and other financial institutions in solidarity with ASUU.“
DAILY GIST reported that ASUU had commenced nationwide strike on February 14th 2022, citing different demands which the FG had failed to meet as its reasons.
Some of the demands include, payments of salary arrears, better working conditions, renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, payment of earned academic allowances, funds for the revitalization of public universities, promotion arrears, and poor funding of state universities.
Other tertiary institution unions also on strike include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).