The Muslim students’ society of Nigeria (MSSN) yesterday attacked the federal government over their inability to stop the nationwide strike of non-academic staffs of universities.
The Non- Academic Staff Union, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and National Association of Academic technologies under the Joint Action Committee, JAC, has been on strike since the beginning of December.
This was after the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu failed to solved their grievances over the sharing of N23 billion released by federal government to the universities as academic earned allowances.
The JAC has written to Mr. Adamu a week before its members embarked on the strike on the 4th of December, 2017 warning of industrial action over the 89:11 ratio for sharing the allowances in favour of the members of the Academic Staff union of Universities.
The minister only acknowledged their letter after the strike had begun.
The president of the Muslim Student Association, Saheed Ashafa, on Thursday, accused the Federal Government for not paying attention to the striking workers.
“The presidency is not giving priority to the strike action and it is sending a bad perception about this administration”, said the MSSN.
“In the first place the strike is needless and unavoidable. It is unpalatable to hear that a country like Nigeria still pays low attention to worker’s welfare.
“The poor attention and the undue silence of the federal government over the ongoing strike embarked upon by the members of NASU, SSANU and NAAT are condemning and highly demoralizing.
“It is understandable that children of majority of those leading the education agencies and ministries that should engage the striking workers are studying abroad.
“As we speak, some of our universities smell and Others have their libraries, health centers, powerhouses and other strategic facilities shut down. Students now live on university campuses like they are in the jungle.
This is pathetic and must urgently be addressed. We will not get the best from our workers if we continue to treat them like slaves; their commitment to work will be vacuous. Aside from having meetings with workers, the generality of Nigerians deserves to know the plans of the federal government in resolving the crisis and preventing subsequent ones.
The MSSN, however, appealed to the workers to consider the plight of the students caught in this industrial dispute.
“It appears that the workers are fighting for their rights, but they should always remember that the students affected are their children. We plead to them not to allow the agitation of their rights disrupt the whole essence of education in the country.