Group lauds SSANU, NASU for suspending industrial action, urges ASUU to emulate

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United Patriots Assembly of Nigeria has commended the senior staff and the non-teaching staff unions of universities under the umbrella name SSANU and NASU for suspending the over five months old industrial action.

Rising from an emergency meeting on the state of the country, UPAN urged the federal government to wade into the imposture of the traders union, which partly accounts for rising costs of foodstuffs, as a result of imposing a monopoly on farmers and importers of consumables.

We hereby commend the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and other Associated Institutions for suspending its more than five-month-old strike.

In a statement made available to The Standard Gazette through its National Facilitator, Amb. Aiyamenkhue Edokpolo, the Group, stated that ASUU or trade unions could become a tool for insurrection against the state.

United Patriots Assembly of Nigeria (UPAN)
United Patriots Assembly of Nigeria (UPAN)

The statement reads in part, "We wish to state that the transformation we desire cannot be achieved by brigandage, insurrection, or boycotting work at the detriment of the common man and woman, as well as our teeming youth - it can only come through constructive and strategic engagement with our good, and failing leaders as a collective."

"Trade unions leadership must show empathy on matters of public interests. If agreements reasonably require review due to unpredicted economic realities, it has to be diligently reviewed factoring realistic barometers for concessions and reviews in future."

"UPAN is worried that Trade unions tendency towards strike action in which they down tools at every slightest excuse should be checked by reassuring legislations to safeguard public interest from being ruined."

"As we speak, students have lost almost a session, and their hope of graduation is utterly unassured. This is not a progressive path envisioned for our youths. Negotiations over agreements between Federal Government are formed yet, relevant, and the unions should be a continuous exercise. As a sociopolitical organization, we have a duty to sensitize Government and non-governmental stakeholders on a sustainable path for our country's future."

"We wish to use this medium to urge the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to emulate the selfless dispositions of its sister unions, putting into consideration the plight of Nigerian students and suspend industrial action that has led to the disruption of activities in Nigeria’s public universities for the past 185 days. Trade unions, especially those in the education sector, must refrain from actions that portray them as holding Nigeria Government to ransom."

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