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FG To Be Blamed For Strike, Not Lecturers – ASUU

The Federal Government, not its members, is to blame, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, for the union’s protracted strike.

Therefore, it urged Nigerians to inquire of their government as to when it will officially sign the deal struck at the recently concluded renegotiation summit.

On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari urged professors who were on strike to think about the next generation and get back to work, stating that “enough is enough for keeping students at home.”

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU, advised Nigerians to inquire of the government as to when it will respond to the union’s requests in an interview with The PUNCH.

He said, “We are waiting for the government after the renegotiation meeting. We have not heard anything from them.

“It will be a month on July 16, 2022, since they met with us. Nigerians should ask them when they will ask us to come and sign the report/agreement of the renegotiation meeting.

“After all the promises they made, by July 16, 2022, this month, it will be one month and these young Nigerians are languishing at home doing nothing.”

Speaking about their salary that was withheld because of the ongoing strike, Osodeke said it wasn’t essential to sue the government over it and that doing so would cause the case to be postponed for years.

“On our withheld salaries, if we decide to take them to court, they will mock us by getting their smart lawyers, and the case will be adjourned for years, then it will go to the appeal court. On the issue that concerns our members, this government will leave and we will be in court for years,” he said.

In a statement, Dr. Adelaja Odukoya, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU-Lagos, accused the President of being callous.

The National Vice-President, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Dr Abdussobur Salaam, also said, “The government itself has been delaying the process of negotiations. It seems they are comfortable allowing the strike to linger because there has been no serious commitment to any issues so far. Government must show more commitment towards resolving the issues that led to the strike.”

Additionally, by including the next generation in his statement, the President was allegedly engaged in psychological games, according to Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, the ASUU chair at the Federal University of Minna.

Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights attorney, also urged Buhari to respond immediately to ASUU’s requirements on Tuesday.

In a statement made available to The PUNCH, Falana accused the administration of ignoring the union’s initial warning strikes.

Calls and texts to the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, regarding new initiatives to end the ongoing ASUU strike were not returned as of the time this article was being filed.

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The Federal Government, not its members, is to blame, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, for the union’s protracted strike.

Therefore, it urged Nigerians to inquire of their government as to when it will officially sign the deal struck at the recently concluded renegotiation summit.

On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari urged professors who were on strike to think about the next generation and get back to work, stating that “enough is enough for keeping students at home.”

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU, advised Nigerians to inquire of the government as to when it will respond to the union’s requests in an interview with The PUNCH.

He said, “We are waiting for the government after the renegotiation meeting. We have not heard anything from them.

“It will be a month on July 16, 2022, since they met with us. Nigerians should ask them when they will ask us to come and sign the report/agreement of the renegotiation meeting.

“After all the promises they made, by July 16, 2022, this month, it will be one month and these young Nigerians are languishing at home doing nothing.”

Speaking about their salary that was withheld because of the ongoing strike, Osodeke said it wasn’t essential to sue the government over it and that doing so would cause the case to be postponed for years.

“On our withheld salaries, if we decide to take them to court, they will mock us by getting their smart lawyers, and the case will be adjourned for years, then it will go to the appeal court. On the issue that concerns our members, this government will leave and we will be in court for years,” he said.

In a statement, Dr. Adelaja Odukoya, the Zonal Coordinator of ASUU-Lagos, accused the President of being callous.

The National Vice-President, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Dr Abdussobur Salaam, also said, “The government itself has been delaying the process of negotiations. It seems they are comfortable allowing the strike to linger because there has been no serious commitment to any issues so far. Government must show more commitment towards resolving the issues that led to the strike.”

Additionally, by including the next generation in his statement, the President was allegedly engaged in psychological games, according to Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, the ASUU chair at the Federal University of Minna.

Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights attorney, also urged Buhari to respond immediately to ASUU’s requirements on Tuesday.

In a statement made available to The PUNCH, Falana accused the administration of ignoring the union’s initial warning strikes.

Calls and texts to the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, regarding new initiatives to end the ongoing ASUU strike were not returned as of the time this article was being filed.

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