Nigeria higher institutions beg academic body to resume work, and blast Buhari government officials
The Council of Higher Institutions, COHI, has called on the Academic
Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, “not to delay its resumption any
COHI coordinator, Mr. Taofeek Iyanda, while urging the striking
academic body to call off its industrial action, lamented that
students were suffering the effects of their action.
In a statement he signed and forwarded to DAILY POST on Wednesday,
Iyanda recalled that both the Federal Government and ASUU have
reportedly reached an agreement but the academic body ought to consult
its zones before taking any action.
Iyanda also urged the zonal congress of ASUU to agree to the
suspension of the strike, adding that it was a known fact that the
union was fighting a just cause.
He said, “The strike is simply a means to turn the current and
upcoming generation into half-baked literates, who would not have
adequate and the required professional competencies to challenge the
“If the government and ASUU allow this matter to linger on, the
implication will come in the way of degradation in the value of
education in the country, premature labour forces in the labour
market, and retrogression in research and development of the country.”
He accused government officials of using the strike as a means of
promoting private institutions owned by their cronies.
“If you recall that the Universities of Atiku and Obasanjo were opened
during the ASUU strikes that came up in their administration, you will
be tempted to accuse some government officials of frustrating the
resumption of ASUU,” he added.
He, however, disagreed with the National Association of Nigerian
Students, NANS, on the outcome a meeting with President Muhammadu
“We are highly disappointed at the national leadership of the NANS
during their meeting with the President of Federal Republic of
Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari.
“We therefore want to place our stand as the Council of Higher
Institutions, which coordinates the affairs of the Muslim Students in
Higher Institutions in Lagos State that, we are opposing the NANS
national stand and we see this to be one of the worst thing an
administration can do to the educational system of the country.
“Both NANS and its meeting have yielded nothing to the current
situation of the ongoing strike of ASUU which has caused a total shut
down in the academic activities of federal and state Universities in
“The leadership has done only one thing, trade of our interest for
their personal interests. NANS was created to protect the interest of
Nigeria students. But unfortunate they’ve lost their focus, they are
not worthy to be referred to as a students Union,” Iyanda said.