The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared that it will not call off the one-month warning strike that began on February 14.
Professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, stated on Channels TV today, Feb. 28, that the union will not back down from its strike because the federal government has consistently failed to keep promises made to the union over the years.
The union said it no longer wants promises from the government but action.
According to Osodeke: “They have made promises to us for the past nine years or so, but once the strike is over, they break them. As a result, our colleagues are tired of these empty promises. We want to see results.”
He claimed that if the Federal Government had upheld its end of the bargain, ASUU would not have gone on strike.
He disagreed with the argument that lecturers are paid to do nothing after being on strike for months.
Despite the ASUU strike over the years, he claims that many schools have not missed an academic year.
He stated that this is due to the union’s members’ sacrifices for the country’s educational system, with many lecturers sacrificing their leave for years just to meet the academic calendar.
Osodeke went on to say that lecturers are paid for their work and that anyone who claims ASUU is paid after the strike is lying.
The ASUU President also commented on the National Association of Nigerian Students’ planned protest (NANS)
He stated that students have the right to protest what they believe is wrong, but that ASUU is unmoved by the planned protest.
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