The University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) has pledged to continue its strike until the federal government provides adequate funding for higher education.
The union has called on Nigerians to hold the government accountable for the industrial action, showing a nonchalant attitude to the demands of the ASUU.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in his goodwill message at the First Annual Conference of the Nigerian Medical Association, alleged that the President’s Chief of Staff, Minister of Finance and Education , had flouted President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to commit the union to ending the crisis.
“We will not give up. Either they will give in to us or the Nigerians will rise up against them,” he said.
The ASUU President added, “We have been on strike for about eight to nine weeks now. The president of this country, President Muhammadu Buhari, had ordered about five weeks ago, when the Sultan of Sokoto visited him, that the Minister of Education, Minister of Finance, Minister of Labor and Director of the president’s cabinet should meet us in his office, that has not been done. »
Osodeke revealed that only the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission and Minister of Labor Chris Ngige had met with ASUU.
“The government is the one keeping Nigerian students at home, and Nigerians must rise up to challenge this government for what they are doing. They cannot fight insecurity if they keep the student at home,” did he declare.
He added that ASUU had also met with Senate Speaker Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila “about three times”.
“We met the Sultan of Sokoto. We met Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State. What else do you want us to do? What else do Nigerians want us to do? said the president of the ASUU.
Speaking on the payment of school fees, he noted, “Nigerians, you have talked about people paying school fees; that school fees should be introduced. If we can all go to our local governments and ask the people from our local governments if they can afford the tuition and they agree, we’ll go with it.”
Nigeria: ASUU pledges to continue strike until FG provides funds
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