ASUU Strike: No Going Back ASUU Insist
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there is no going back on it decided to continue on its 7-months old industrial strike action.
The Academic body has said until the Federal government yield to its demand, members of ASUU would not return to the classroom. The Lagos Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, who lectures at the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusiji Sowande, gave this hint in a statement on Monday.
Professor Olusiji Sowande said ASUU’s constant agitations with the government is for was for the survival and sustenance of public university education and autonomy in the country and not for ASUU members’ interests as the federal government portraits it before the public.
According to him, without ASUU’s constant engagement with the government towards a better public university education in the country, the system would have been collapsed for a long time.
He said it was disheartening that the Federal Government rather than being forthright and sincere in all her dealing with ASUU on the issues in contention, it is feeding the public with falsehood. He said the contentious issues between them over time remain the same with the government playing back and front game with ASUU.
Professor Olusiji Sowande listed that the government’s reluctance to honor the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement formed the backbone of the body’s current industrial action against the falsehood been circulated by the government as the reason for the ASUU strike.
Professor Olusiji Sowande also said the government is using the withholding of salaries of their members and check-off dues of their union as a war strategy to weaken them, citing cases of ASUU members in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), Michael Okpara University of Agriculture (MOUAU), among others who are being owed up to five months salaries.
He pointed out that the issue of forceful enrollment of ASUU members into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), was a deliberate attempt of the government to divert the attention of the public from its insincerity, lack of interest, the circulated and disregard for the education of Nigerian university students.
Professor Olusiji Sowande also reiterated the fact that ASUU and it’s members would not mind if the already 7-months strike continues.