- The Academic Staff Union of Universities said its ongoing seven-week strike is in the national interest
- The union stated that the strike would not be called off until the federal government accept the lecturers’ demands
- The INEC earlier decided to hold a meeting with the ASUU ahead of forthcoming 2019 general election
The national president of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, while responding to the call on the union to call off the strike, said nobody had the monopoly of national interest.
Ogunyemi made this statement ahead of the meeting that INEC wanted to have with the ASUU on Friday, January 4. The Punch reports that he stated that the strike would not be called off until the federal government accept the lecturers’ demands.
On the call that ASUU should end the strike in the national interest, Ogunyemi asked, “Did you know that our strike is also in the national interest because we want to produce better graduates that can serve INEC better and serve Nigeria better?
''We want them to have better citizens that can understand the electoral process better. We want to give quality education that would curb all electoral malpractices.”
The ASUU president explained that all the goals he mentioned could only be achieved through the provision of qualitative education, which he said, informed the union’s strike.
According to him, “So, it is only by insisting on the best quality of education that we can achieve all those things. Nobody has the monopoly of national interest. ASUU has national interest at heart in going on this strike. It is not about national interest sentiment. It is about what we are willing to do about our demands.
“I’m sure the demand to call off the strike in the national interest cannot be the only grounds for the meeting and I don’t want to preempt the meeting. It is when we listen to INEC that we will know what to tell them. If I preempt that meeting, it will seem as if I am not a patriot.”
“We have national interest at heart in doing what we are doing and INEC also appreciates that. We appreciate INEC as much as INEC appreciates us. We will meet them and rub minds, whatever the two parties will need to do, we shall do.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that INEC decided to hold a meeting with the lecturers’ union, the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities on Friday, January 4, ahead of 2019 general polls.
The national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed the development on Monday, December 31. According to Ogunyemi, the major reason for the meeting is for the union to assist the electoral body in the forthcoming election.
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