7th February, 2011
The National Union of Rivers State Students (NURSS) has called on the management of Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) to withdraw the sack letters served on lecturers.
The studentsâ€™ body made the call in a communiquÃ© issued at the end of its general congress on Sunday, in Port Harcourt.
The communiquÃ© signed by the National President of NURSS, Mr. Godspower Egbule and Secretary, Mr. Bekinbo George respectively, also appealed to ASUU to suspend its three monthsâ€™ old strike.
The union urged management and ASUU to return to dialogue, noting that resorting to issuance of sack letters or prolonged strike would hamper smooth operations of the university.
The studentsâ€™ body, however, recommended that government should organise an education summit to address serious issues affecting the universities.
It regretted that Nigerian universities that had hitherto boasted to be the best in Africa now faced myriad of academic, social and environmental challenges.
â€œThese ranges from dilapidated infrastructure, non-conducive learning environment, poor student-lecturer relationship and low working morale of staff, among others etc,â€ it said.
NURSS lamented that most of the nationâ€™s universities were now glorified secondary schools, noting that the trend had resulted in the massive movement of lecturers and students to foreign countries.
It, therefore, appealed to all parties to make necessary sacrifice to resolve the industrial dispute to ameliorate the effect on students.