ASUU has indicated that it will remain on strike despite the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) 9-day ultimatum for the resumption of public universities in Nigeria.
Following the Federal Government’s refusal to honour the 2009 agreement, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it will not reverse its decision to prolong its strike.
Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke, ASUU President, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
After exhausting all options for a peaceful resolution with the Federal Government, Osedeke stated the union made the “tough decision”.
“Let me give you an example because this is where we are getting it wrong, when the airline operators said they were going to stop the flights, the Senate and House of Representatives quickly stepped in.
“This is because they are affected; they quickly rushed in and addressed the problem, why would they not resolve that of the education sector that is affecting the children of the poor and the ordinary people
“If the government is willing to resolve the issues affecting the Nigerians, then there would be no need to go on strike. The problem is the will of the government to resolve issues,” he said.
Recall that, ASUU’s roll-over strike, which began on February 14, was extended by another 12 weeks on Monday.
The demands of the striking teachers include money for public university revitalization, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears.
Renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System are among the others.
The Federal Government has not met any of these criteria, according to Osedeke.
All the issues that made us go on strike are still there; that is the revitalisation fund, which is putting more money into universities and revitalizing the infrastructure in the universities.