- Nigerian lecturers' union, ASUU, has urged the FG to pity students and implement their demands so that they can suspend their strike
- The Akure zone of the union said the FG has not shown any interest in meeting their demands
- According to the union, the FG only wants the strike to be suspended because of the fear of protest by Nigerian youths
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has alleged that the federal government is rushing it to suspend the ongoing strike because of the fear of youths protest, especially after witnessing the #EndSARS demonstration.
This was disclosed on Friday, November 6, in a press conference by the Akure Zone of the union.
The Nation reported that those at the press briefing include Professor Olu Olufayo, the zonal coordinator, Dr Olayinka Awopetu of the Federal University of Technology Akure and Dr Kayode Arogundade of Ekiti State University.
Others are Dr Adeola Egbedokun of the Obafemi Awolowo University and Dr Gabriel Omonijo of the Federal University Oye-Ekiti.
The lecturers urged the federal government to pity the children of ordinary Nigerians and quickly attend to their demands noting that they are tired of the strike.
Professor Olufayo who read the statement said the major goal of the strike was to get the Nigerian government to fulfil the agreement of 2013 and 2019 and not primarily about Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).
"We are tired of the strike. Our children are attending the public institution and it is sad that those frustrating our agitations, their children are not attending schools in Nigeria. It is so unfortunate. FG is intentionally starving us for our members to compromise and resume.”
Prof Olufayo said the recent meetings with the federal government have not solved these issues as the government is bent on dishonouring the agreement.
He called on the members of the public not to blame ASUU for the damages in the university educational system but hold the federal government responsible.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Taraba State University (TSU) chapter of the ASUU sought divine intervention on the prolonged strike action embarked by the body.
In a prayer session held at separate grounds on Tuesday, November 3, Christian and Muslim members of the chapter sought spiritual control over the crisis that has long pitched varsity lecturers against the federal government.
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