Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on the Federal Government to sign the renegotiated agreement with the striking members of the Academic Strike Union of University (ASUU).
In a statement on Sunday, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria urged both ASUU leadership and the current administration to resume negotiations in order to end the protracted strike for the overall good of Nigerian students.
While calling on both sides to resume the negotiations in the interest of the country, the Federal Government must prevail to end the protracted industrial action.
He accused the Federal Government of blackmailing ASUU, recalling how talks with the union ended in deadlock, a situation that dashed the hopes of many students.
“Instead of engaging in the diversionary tactics to blackmail ASUU, the Federal Government should ensure that the strike is called off by signing the renegotiated agreement with ASUU without any further delay,” Falana said.
“While calling on both sides to resume negotiations in the interest of the country, the Federal Government must prevail to end the protracted industrial action.”
The rights advocate is of the view that the Federal Government should commit itself to the faithful implementation of collective agreements reached with ASUU which are enforceable under the relevant provisions of the Trade Disputes Act instead of resorting to the fascist option of unionisation. to write, to grasp.
Referring to the 1992 and 2009 FG/ASUU agreements, Falana said it was expressly stated that the revenue realized from the sale of the Federal Government properties abandoned in Lagos when the Federal Capital was moved to Abuja, to the funding of tertiary education in the country.
According to him, the federal government turned around to sell the properties to private individuals and corporate bodies at low giveaway prices.
Some of the properties, he explained, were sold to powerful individuals and corporate bodies, including a multinational corporation.
Arguing that a number of the properties have not been sold, Falana wants the Federal Government to hand them over to the universities in accordance with the provisions of the FG/ASUU Collective Agreements.