SERAP DRAGS FG TO UN OVER ASUU STRIKE

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has dragged the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights over “a serious breach of the obligations by Nigeria under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to progressively realise the right to education in accordance with the country’s maximum available resources.”

The group said: “This fundamental breach is due primarily to the persistent refusal by the government to honour the agreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.”

In the petition, SERAP’s Executive Director, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni said: “Although the government in 2009 agreed with ASUU to improve the governance structures and funding for the operation of universities across the country to around 26 per cent for the period covering 2009-2020, the terms of the agreement have remained largely unfulfilled.

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“Conditions of service for staff members of the country’s universities remain very poor.

“Further the right of the students to freedom of assembly and association is not fully and effectively respected by the authorities.”

The petition sent to the committee through the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Navi Pillay, also stated that, “under international law, Nigeria is required to demonstrate that, in aggregate, the measures being taken are sufficient to realise the right to education for Nigerian children in the shortest possible time using the maximum available resources.”

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