The Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals (ANAP) has threatened to close airports in Nigeria as a result of the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike.
This was revealed in a statement released on Monday by the union’s General Secretary, Abdulrasaq Saidu. The strike, according to the Union, has made Nigeria’s educational system a laughingstock.
This comes after the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced a two-day nationwide protest in solidarity with the striking lecturers on July 26 and 27.
The Union, which urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end the strike, warned that if not handled properly, the strike would lead to a regrettable situation in the future.
The union has warned that its members will join the NLC in protesting the unfortunate situation in the tertiary education sector.
“ASUU, NASU, SAUTHRIAI, NAAT had been on strike for more than four months due to the apparent failure of government to sign the re-negotiated 2009 Agreement with ASUU, failure to honour the terms reached at in May 2022 MoU signed with ASUU, and habitual failure of government to respect Collective Bargaining Agreements willingly signed with labour Unions
Our children are using eight years to read courses of four years with resources being wasted. We cannot continue this way,” the statement reads”.
The Union stated that parents are also suffering as a result of the strike, as the poor economy has affected the majority of Nigerian homes.
It went on to say that all members had been put on alert for quick solidarity actions in response to the Nigeria Labour Congress’s directive.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had previously announced a two-day nationwide protest over the Federal Government’s ineffective negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which has resulted in the union’s strike action being extended.
The National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE) announced that it would join the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a solidarity strike in response to the ongoing ASUU strike.