A pro-labour civil coalition, the Joint Action Front (JAF), yesterday said it is set for a mass rally to compel the Federal Government to release funds for the implementation of the agreement it reached with the striking university lecturers.
Addressing reporters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, JAF’s Secretary Comrade Abiodun Aremu said: “JAF is committed to the nationwide, zonal and state protests until the government is compelled to give public education the priority attention it deserves.
“We urge students and workers in formal and informal sectors, parents and pro-people organisations across the country to join the mass mobilisation to save public education.
“Students from the universities have been at home since July 1 because of the ASUU strike. For three months, polytechnic students had their academic calendar disrupted for similar reasons.
“The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), just last week, had a warning strike. All these have implication for disruption of the academic calendars, falling standards of education at all levels, a high level of general insecurity and a bleak future for the current generation and the Nigerian child.”
Comrade Aremu added: “Except we mobilise Nigerians to resist the government, to compel the government to bring the money, the government will not budge in its unwillingness or reluctance to fund education sector adequately in Nigeria.”
In attendance at the media briefing were representatives of ASUU, students, civil society organisations, among others.