The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had a meeting with the federal government concerning the ongoing strike that started on the 4th of November 2018. The federal government negotiating team is meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a bid to end the over one month industrial action that has crippled academic activities in public tertiary institutions.
The Union said it has no intention whatsoever to disconnect the education sector, rather it explained that the reason why they decided to embark on the strike is to make the ruling class responsible for the future of Nigerian children. Since the lecturers downed tools, several meetings to end the impasse have ended in deadlock, with the President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, and other leaders of the union insisting that the federal government must fulfill agreements reached with the union in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
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While decrying the decay in infrastructure and equipment in public universities, ASUU is demanding N1.1 trillion to fund the university system. ASUU in a release signed by Dr Deji Omole, University of Ibadan Chairman, described the call by the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige on the Union to have Mercy on students and call off its strike “a merciless utterance”.
According to Omole, the statement by the Minister exposed the ruling government as insincere and callous to the wellbeing of Nigerian students.
As for the dissatisfaction shown by the ASUU leaders, Ngige said: “As a union leader, if one doesn’t get 100% of what he wants, you won’t expect him to be smiling. Any meeting that you see people smiling you know that somebody has cheated the other”
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