From Sani Gazas Chinade, Damaturu
Kulen Allah Cattle Rearer Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the lecturers strikes and find immediately solution to the prolong strike by the latter in the interest of the country’s development at large.
In a statement signed by its national president, Alhaji Khalil Bello, said the industrial action, which began February this year, was no healthier and doing no one any good.
Alhaji Bello said: “We members of Kulen Allah Cattle Rearer Association of Nigeria (KACRAN) wish to join many well meaning Nigerians who are persistently calling on Federal Government and ASUU to settle their differences and end the ongoing strike.”
He said: “Our clarion call/passionate appeal is based on the following points: “We strongly believe that education is the bedrock for nation building and our universities are the pinnacle of learning where people will advance their studies for country’s economic development.” According to him, the major concern is that, if the strike is allowed to continue unchecked, the nation’s educational system will be seriously affected negatively or shall collapse in totality.
“Because according to many indicators, many professional lecturers who government had spent so much money on their training will annoyingly relinquish their active services and move to Europe or other developed countries where they hope to get higher remuneration,” said he.
He insisted that: “The movement of thousands medical doctors/ health professionals to England and other countries looking for better employment at this time when the country is seriously facing the problem of shortage of health workers to the extent of which a doctor is expected to look after 5,000 people as published in some of our national dailies, is a clear example of what we are talking about.
“It will weaken the federal and state universities and give more strength to private universities.”
He lamented that: “This is happening when government is still approving the creation of many more private universities and higher institutions at the time when most of our state-owned universities are lacking professional lecturers to the extent that they heavily relied on visiting lecturers for their accreditation by NUC/survival as higher institutions of learning.”
The chairman of the association decried that both Federal Government and the university lecturers were losing heavily in many ways due to the ongoing strike as it brings more harm to the students, parents and the nation than good. He added that it would drastically reduce the value of the nation’s university certificates in the world labour market.
He equally stated that there is a tendency of some of the students due to frustration and anger may be found in the acts of criminality at the time when government is doing its best to calm down the levels of criminality bedevilling the country.
He also explained that the ongoing strike should create more stiff competition in the nation’s universities during admission of new students as multiple numbers of students now have passed their previous years’ UTME Exams might like to be admitted during single session.
“It will also results to shortage of corps members in their places of primary assignments or their over crowd at our NYSC Camps during orientation exercise and in the ministries, private schools/companies and other working places where they will be posted after orientation exercise, with corps member facing rejections at their places of primary assignments because of upsurge in their number the strike shall cause.
“The rejections may demoralize some of them and make them feel unwanted by the larger society which will make them become unfriendly to all after their services,” he said.
Alhaji Bello said: “In view of the aforementioned ugly consequences associated with the ongoing ASUU strike on our university, students, parents and the nation at large, we of KACRAN are passionately appealing to ASUU and Federal Government, as a matter of utmost importance/urgency, to hurriedly return to their collective bargaining meeting and make some sacrifices/adjustment on their demands with a view to arrive at acceptable stand and end the ongoing strike.”