The National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria has offered to pay N10,000 levy every session to support the nation’s universities as the industrial action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues.
Speaking on behalf of the group in an interview with Punch on Tuesday, its Public Relations Officer Dr. Ademola Ekundayo disclosed that the association was seeking the audience of the federal government over the industrial action embarked on by ASUU since February.
Ekundayo, who bemoaned the country’s continued university closures, claimed that parents were on the receiving end of the dispute between the Federal Government and ASUU.
“We have submitted a letter to the Office of the Education Minister, seeking for audience where we hope to discuss a proposal,” he said
“We are proposing a sum of N10, 000 per parent every session that will be directly paid to the universities. That will be our own contribution apart from other statutory payments in making more funds available to the universities.
“It can be called parent support levy for universities. We are at the receiving end of the industrial action. We plead with the ASUU and Federal Government to immediately resolve their differences.”
ASUU went on strike on Monday, February 14, 2022. Among several other demands, the union asked that the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement be renegotiated, and that revitalisation funds be released for universities.