The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has debunked rumours that the union will today call of its nationwide strike which is now in its fifth week.

This was made known at the ASUU Ibadan zone press conference held on Wednesday at the Lagos State University (LASU) campus at Ojoo.

In his address, Dr Adesola Nasir, the Zonal Coordinator, Ibadan zone, which comprises the University of Lagos (Unilag); University of Ibadan (UI); Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU); Lagos State University (LASU); Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Tai Solarin University of Education(TASUED), said “ASUU Ibadan zone has noticed certain reports in the media suggesting that the current strike may be suspended by Thursday, 1st August. We wish to say that such speculations are uncalled for and the attitude of government either in the present struggle and the previous ones cannot support such.”

On talks concerning a renegotiation of the 2009 agreement by the government on the basis of the financial burden of ASUU’s demands, the union stamped its feet against such, as according to Nasir, what ASUU is pushing for as stated in the MoU “represents the minimum needed to begin to turn around our universities.

“Any attempt to review these demands downward implies half measure which would not achieve the desired turn around of our instutions.”

Nasir added that “If the government could redeploy N3trillion to rescue banks and several billions of naira to bail out the textile and aviation sectors, it should certainly not develop cold feet when it comes to our public universities.”

In a related development, the immediate past President of ASUU, Comrade Ukachukwu Awuzie, has flayed the Federal Government for reneging on the agreement duly signed with ASUU on how to improve Nigeria’s university education.

He asked Nigerians to hold theFederal Government responsible for the prolonged strike by universities lecturers as well as the decay in the system.

In another development, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has appealed to parents of students to bear with government as it intensifies negotiation with the striking members of ASUU with a view to ending the month-long strike.

Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who briefed State House correspondents after the weekly meeting of the council in Abuja on Wednesday, expressed government’s worries about the continued downing of tools by the university lecturers and the consequent disruption of academic calendar, stressing that government would expedite action to end it.

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