The Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kano zone, has called on the federal government to declare a five-year state of emergency in the education sector by allocating 26 per cent of the budget to education.
Its zonal coordinator, Prof Mahmoud Lawan, made the call while addressing a press conference in Kano Friday.
He said the zone believed that the measures would go a long way in tackling some of the challenges bedevilling the education sector.
“The zone firmly believed that as a way out of this crisis is for the Federal Government to implement all outstanding provisions in the February 7th, 2019 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action.
“Conclude the Negotiation of the 2009 Agreement within six weeks; constitute a Visitation Panels to all Federal Universities and the outcomes be fully implemented,” he said.
He also urged the Federal Government to accept the ASUU ongoing innovation of a more robust system of human resource management and compensation, called the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
on the situation at Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST) Wudil, the zonal Coordinator said the zone fully supported the struggle of its members and urged them to remain steadfast.
He urged the university management and the Kano state government to urgently address the contending issues in order to avert impending industrial action that could jeopardise the fragile academic calendar of the university.
“The zone also calls the attention of the visitor of the university to ensure the immediate take off of the Kano Educational Trust Fund Agency which will serve as a sustainable funding option for education in the state,” he said.
On the situation at the Kaduna State University (KASU), the ASUU Kano zone expressed dismay over the decision of the Vice Chancellor of the university to hold a congregation and Senate meeting despite the ongoing strike action .
“The union is fully aware of the antics of KASU management to intimidate the leadership of ASUU in the university in order to sabotage the ongoing struggle,” he said.
He said the ASUU Kano zone and national body are solidly behind the leadership of ASUU in KASU and will do the needful to protect their members from any form of intimidation or harassment by the university management or any agent of government.