Nigerian parents, through the platform of the National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), have replied Festus Keyamo, after he asked parents to beg the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the prolonged strike.
It will be recalled that the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo during an interview session on Channels TV had urged parents to beg ASUU to shelve the strike.
However, NAPTAN, through its National President, Haruna Danjuma, in a chat with Vanguard insisted that they will only consider begging the union if the government considers the reports of the various committees set up to look into the demands of the union.
The group said, “Let the Federal Government consider all the reports of the various committees it set up to negotiate with ASUU.
“There was a committee led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, among numerous committees.
“There has never been a time when parents are involved in the negotiation.
“We don’t want a situation where somebody will pitch us against ASUU or any group.
“The negotiation should involve parents, NANS, ASUU and government team.
“What the government should do is consider the reports of those committees and look at areas they can afford or work on and present same to ASUU.
“If whatever they can afford is unacceptable to the unions, then parents and others can come in to intervene.”