President Buhari’s Authorities Dragged To UN Over ASUU Strike (Full Story)

Socio-Financial Rights and Accountability Challenge, SERAP, has written to the United Nations (UN), urging the physique to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed in an settlement with management of Educational Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) to finish the continuing strike.

In an pressing enchantment dated 28 December 2018 and signed by SERAP senior authorized adviser, Bamisope Adeyanju, the organisation stated: “By failing to stop and finish the continuing strike motion by ASUU, the Nigerian authorities has defied and breached the express necessities of the best to equal entry to larger schooling by Nigerian kids and younger individuals, below article 13(2)(c) of the Worldwide Covenant on Financial, Social and Cultural Rights.”

The enchantment despatched to Ms. Koumbou Boly Barry, Particular Rapporteur on the best to schooling and Professor Philip Alston, Particular Rapporteur on excessive poverty and human rights argues that:

“The failure by the Nigerian authorities to succeed in an settlement with ASUU has additionally implicitly made entry to larger schooling a privilege of the wealthy and well-to-do slightly than a proper of each Nigerian youngster and younger individual, as college students in personal faculties proceed to attend lessons whereas these in public universities keep at residence.

Based on SERAP,

“The failure to finish the continuing strike motion by ASUU can be a basic breach of the best to larger schooling with out discrimination or exclusion, as strike actions proceed to penalise economically deprived dad and mom who don’t have any means or lack the capability to pay to ship their kids to personal faculties.

“The obligations of the Nigerian authorities to create the circumstances crucial for the enjoyment of the best to schooling embody to take preventive measures to handle the basis causes of strike motion by ASUU and to take steps to finish any strike motion in a well timed method when it happens.

“It’s the accountability of the federal government to protect and strengthen schooling as a public good and a matter of public curiosity. With out the pressing intervention of the Particular Rapporteurs, the continuing strike motion by ASUU would proceed and this could proceed to impede entry to college schooling for the poor and marginalized.

“SERAP is anxious that Nigerian college students in public universities have suffered a few years of educational disruption on account of the failure of successive Nigerian governments to handle the basis causes of strike motion by ASUU and to well timed attain settlement to finish strike motion and its devastating penalties on the best to equal and high quality larger schooling.

“Persistent strike actions within the schooling sector have continued to trigger disruption of lessons and undermine each the standard and period of scholars’ schooling.

“We be aware that the best to strike is among the basic means accessible to staff to advertise their pursuits. Nonetheless, we’re significantly involved that the failure by each the Nigerian authorities and ASUU to make substantial progress in negotiations and attain amicable settlement to finish the unduly extended strike motion has undermined the best of Nigerian kids and younger individuals to larger schooling.

“The continued strike motion by ASUU in Nigeria if not urgently addressed would proceed to have grave penalties for the youth of our nation in addition to the nation’s improvement and progress as a complete.

“Common entry is a necessary prerequisite for the train of the best to schooling. However the failure by the Nigerian authorities to finish the strike motion by ASUU has contributed to denying college students from deprived backgrounds equal entry to college schooling, as these college students are unable or lack the capability to pay to entry personal faculties.

“This case has aggravated current disparities in entry to college schooling within the nation, additional marginalizing economically deprived dad and mom and college students.

“SERAP believes that offering Nigerian kids and younger individuals equal entry to larger schooling ought to be the core public service features of the Nigerian authorities. Offering public faculties ranks on the very apex of the perform of a State.

“SERAP believes that equal entry of Nigerian kids and younger individuals to high quality and uninterrupted schooling together with on the college degree would contribute to producing residents who’re essentially equal and individuals who actively take part in society. It will allow individuals to benefit from the rights in addition to fulfil obligations which might be related to citizenship.”

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