The Law Students’ Association (LAWSAN) has expressed deep concern over the latest industrial action declared on Monday by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) while tasking the Federal to inject a lasting solution into its disagreement with the Union.
In a statement from its National President, Michael Arinze dated 15th February, 2022, the students’ body noted that incessant strike actions have had negative consequences on Nigeria’s tertiary education system.
Below is the full release:
ASUU Strike: An Avoidable Clog In The Wheel Of Our Education System; A Clarion Call On The Federal Government To Take Immediate Actions To Completely Address The Lingering Issues With ASUU
1. The Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) expresses grave concern and strong displeasure at the recent declaration of a warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
2. It is no longer news that strike actions in Nigerian tertiary institutions have become too frequent and has literally been elevated to an unbecoming tradition.
3. The ravaging effects of strike actions on our already battered educational system is incalculable and highly damaging as it distorts the academic calender and occasions unwarranted and undeserved distress on our nation’s undergraduates.
4. As opined by one of Nigeria’s legal sages, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, “a University undergraduate is a priceless asset and threshold of useful service to the nation”.
We believe that as priceless assets to the nation, our welfare, encapsulated in this instance by our education, should be given utmost priority and should not be made the subject of an egoistic contest between ASUU and the Federal Government.
5. We therefore condemn in the strongest of terms the recent avoidable declaration of a one-month warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
6. We therefore call on the Federal Government to take immediate steps to adequately address the grievances of our University lecturers with a view to perpetually terminating the protracted issue of strike actions in our university system even as we explore lawful means to press home our demands.