The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, reaffirm its decision to continue with its indefinite nationwide strike for as long as it took the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement reached with the union.
The union, through the zonal coordinator, Ibadan zone, Dr Adesola Nassir, at a press conference held on Tuesday at the University of Lagos, Akoka campus, regretted that the Federal Government conveniently spent billions of naira in other sectors, but had found it difficult to meet the demands of the education sector, four years after signing the agreement.
Coordinator, Ibadan zone, ASUU, Dr. Adesola Nassir, at a briefing in UNILAG, claimed government was not sincere in meeting ASUU’s demands.
He said: “Government has chosen to go the old odious track of trading words, blackmailing and outright peddling of lies in this matter.
“The government through the National University Commission, NUC, through the Executive Secretary Prof. Julius Okojie, has once again shown its disdain for seriousness by pretending that it does not know that ASUU is on strike, publishing certain figures on academic staff salaries and funds released to universities and also conducting a sham programme accreditation at theUniversity of Abuja.”
Meanwhile, ERC staged a peaceful protest at the University of Lagos, UNILAG, in support of the striking lecturers in a bid to salvage the nation’s university education.
The ASUU president, Dr Nasir Faggae, in a press release, also expressed disappointment at government’s lack of capacity to give the country a good sense of direction.
Addressing the protesters, ERC Lagos State coordinator, Mr. Lateef Adam, claimed that about one third of the nation’s revenue was spent on the salaries and allowances of political office holders, to the detriment of the nation’s education.
Liveschoolnews gathered that, the school authorities had issued a circular, warning students not to join the protest, which started from the UNILAG gate to the ASUU secretariat.
He also urged Nigerians, students, progressives and media to help save the system from total collapse.
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