The federal government is urging students to avoid any behavior that could disrupt the academic session as universities reopen.
Tanko Sununu, the Minister of State for Education, made this appeal during a meeting with the Congress of University Academics. According to a statement by Ben Goong, the Director of Press and Public Relations, the Minister emphasized the importance of showing restraint for the benefit of all stakeholders and the stability of the education system.
The Minister highlighted that the ministry is engaging in productive discussions and consultations with stakeholders regarding the well-being of students, staff, and infrastructure in tertiary institutions. Recognizing that strikes and lack of facility usage can contribute to the deterioration of infrastructure, the minister assured that President Bola Tinubu is committed to avoiding any circumstances that may lead to strikes.
Niyi Sunmonu, the president of CONUA, expressed concern about the possibility of student unrest due to the recent increase in school fees. He emphasized that this could disrupt academic activities and the school calendar. Sunmonu also highlighted the importance of addressing the issue of the eight-month salary arrears resulting from the previous strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, as members of CONUA did not participate in the strike.
The statement added: “It must be noted, however, that all academic activities in universities were grounded throughout the period of the strike.”