There are tensions over what the state of the Nigerian economy will be if the Association of Aviation Professionals of Nigeria (ANAP) follows through on its threat to shut down the aviation sector nationwide in solidarity with the striking University Staff Union (ASUU).
SaharaReporters reported earlier that the National Union of Banking, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) had announced that it would mobilize its members to join the nationwide protest scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday against the continuing strike of the ASUU.
This followed an earlier announcement by the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) that it would mobilize its members across the country for nationwide solidarity protests next week.
Similarly, the aviation workers, in a statement by ANAP General Secretary, Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the strike without further delay or else they would shut down the sector.
According to the statement quoted by LEADERSHIP, ANAP said that keeping students at higher education institutions in the country at home has contributed to the increase in crimes and other social vices, with some of them now engaging in criminal activities capable of destroying their future. and that of the country.
He noted that the university professors’ strike, now in its fifth month, has ridiculed the education system and made it the laughingstock of the international community.
“Our children use eight-year-olds to read four-year-olds with wasted resources. We cannot continue like this,” the association said.
ANAP noted that ASUU, NASU (Union of Non-Academic Staff of Educational Institutions and Associates), SAUTHRIAI (Association of University Research Institutes, Teaching Hospitals and Allied Institutions) and NAAT (Association national university technologists) had been on strike for months due to the government’s apparent failure to sign the renegotiated 2009 agreement with ASUU, failure to meet the terms agreed in May 2022 in the memorandum of understanding signed with the ASUU and the government’s usual refusal to honor the collective bargaining agreements signed voluntarily with the unions.
He further noted that not only students were suffering, but also their parents and society at large.
Aviation workers said the bad economy has also affected every home in the country, pointing out that education is the foundation of any nation aspiring to greatness, adding that the ASUU strike will eventually lead to a regrettable situation in the future if it is not well managed.
The association therefore warned that the future of education would be bleak as little or no attention was paid to the system as most of the children of politicians were educated abroad. insisting that its members join the Nigerian Labor Congress in protesting the situation in the higher education sector.
ANAP said that all of its members had been put on alert to join the solidarity demonstration against the NLC directive at very short notice.
The ASUU began a strike on February 14 this year, leading to a total shutdown of academic activities in all public universities in the country. Despite several meetings held with the government, no success has been recorded while university students have been at home for five months now.