Amid the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the union has called for a bill to regulate how children of public officers enrol in schools outside the shores of Nigeria.
Chairman of the University of Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island chapter of the union, Kingdom Tombra, made this known at the solidarity protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday in Yenagoa.
“If this is done, it will build a better society by developing formidable educational institutions and improve funding of the university system in Nigeria.
“This struggle is not against the government, but about the working class and against the ruling class and we are very committed to it
“If the rich and poor go to the same university or institution, I don’t think the strike will occur again.
“If they school here and their children are here they will show total support for the university system and the tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” he said.
On his part, the NLC Chairman in Bayelsa, John Ndiomu, urged the federal government to sign the renegotiated draft agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.
”Adopt University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in place IPPIS, Pay Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)
“Release of Revitalization Fund, Release white paper on visitation to Federal Universities. Amend NUC law to control the proliferation of state universities without funding,” the labour leader said.
Lecturers in government-owned universities commenced a nationwide strike on Feb. 14 over the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment system in the university sector.