#BounceExclusive: 5 Reasons ASUU Strike May Last Longer
The days are gradually turning into weeks and there are no signs suggesting a truce will be soon be reached between the striking union and the Federal Government.
Though the prayer by all, especially students and parents, is for the strike to end as fast as possible Bounce News highlights five reasons why the 2017 ASUU strike which commenced on Monday, August 14 may not be resolved in September.
1. Demand for a waiver from Treasury Single Account, TSA
It is no secret that one of the major demands by ASUU for calling off its ongoing strike is the exclusion of its internally-generated revenue from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
ASUU’s argument is that the inclusion of university funds in the policy is an infringement on its autonomy and a limitation to lecturers’ access to hard-earned foreign grants.
Plausible as that may sound, the Buhari-led government holds its TSA policy in high esteem and will most likely not bulge.
2. Education not top on the President's priority list
President Muhammad Buhari was clear about his top priorities when he was seeking votes and education had little mention from the former General.
Buhari’s three key point agenda bordered on security, anti-corruption and youth employment. While he grapples to fix these key things, education will get less attention obviously and ASUU’s patience will be tested.
In case you are in doubt, see what education received in the 2017 budget.
3. Uncommon resolve by lecturers in this new battle
Divide and rule is a common strategy that has worked very well for past governments in which branches of ASUU back out in trickles from acclaimed indefinite strike.
Presently, ASUU are united in their goals. Breaking their ranks looks more difficult than ever.
Though, this is a plus for the striking lecturers, it could as well mean longer days and weeks on the negotiation table until demands are fully met.
At least they have the support of the National Association of Nigerian Students.
4. Dearth of vibrant student’s union
Gone are the days when the student unions were a voice to reckon with on national issues.
NANS is seen as a toothless bulldog whose leadership have been pocketed by the politicians.
With NANS virtually reduced to spectators, they would only watch and wait for as long as the dispute lasts.
5. Bad timing
For a country battling to come out of recession, the ASUU strike for many is ill-timed.
A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has even said the demands by the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, are unrealistic considering the current economic situation in Nigeria.
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