Universities Won’t Reopen Until Demands Are Met – ASUU

Biodun Ogunyemi

On 9ja news today, the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) is asking the Federal Government to honour the agreement it had with the union before making any announcement on the reopening of the universities after the coronavirus pandemic.

The union says its next agenda will be unfolded if the FG refuse to negotiate the 2009 agreement signed by both parties.

The National President of ASUU Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said this while speaking at a town meeting at the African Hall, in the University of Ilorin. He however refused to reveal the agenda.

He said, “I think it is better we wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then.”

Ogunyemi said that the union had embarked on strike in March because of the insensitivity of the government to university education. He added that some of ASUU’s demands included funding of university education, which the government had reneged on in the last 10 years.

“There is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in the country. Some universities use stoves in their laboratories instead of burners and buckets to fetch water to perform experiments; it’s as bad as that,” he said.

Speaking further, the President of the union explained that ASUU had signed MoU with the FG on the need to improve facilities on the campuses, students’ welfare, promotion, and welfare, which were ignored.

“There are plans to make education inaccessible to children of the poor, which today is creating social vices such as Yahoo-Yahoo, Yahoo-plus, banditry, and other criminal activities in the society.

“Check the social media; you will see them celebrating their children graduating from foreign universities. This is why they are not willing to fund public universities”, the ASUU president said.

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