NUPENG has said it will go on a solidarity strike with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), if the Federal Government does not comply with the agreement it signed with the lecturers’ union. The Union accused the government of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
NUPENG’s National President Igwe Achese spoke at the weekend in Lagos when he announced the union’s delegates’ conference which will hold on October 17 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. Achese noted that the “nation’s foundation is shaking because our future leaders and their children are not attending our local universities”.
The union leader urged the government to respect the agreement it signed with ASUU in 2009, adding that the government should see itself as an employer of labour.
He said: “It is particularly shocking that the government has carried on as if everything is normal, without bothering about the fate of the students who have been marooned at home since the strike started. Perhaps this is because the children and wards of those at the helm of affairs are luxuriating in schools abroad, or because they are too comfortable to worry about their less-fortunate compatriots.”