- ASUU has lamented over losing its members to private universities
- The president of the union noted that this was because of the government's inability to meet its demands
- The educational body further explained that the FG can't intimidate its lecturers
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lamented over private universities recruiting its members.
Ogunyemi who made the disclosure while speaking on a television programme in Abuja on Thursday, November 19, noted that this is due to the inability of the federal government to meet its demands.
ASUU president went on to note that the Nigerian government cannot threaten the university lecturers with court action in order to surrender.
"I can tell you authoritatively that within the last two months, 25 scholars in the North-East have been harvested by this university in Yola. We know the owner. That is how it is happening, the private universities are poaching the public universities now because they can only thrive when the public universities crumble.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the meeting between the federal government and ASUU that went deadlock on Wednesday, November 4, the union accused the government of planning to use hunger as a weapon to weaken its agitation and demands.
ASUU said it is ready to suspend the seven-month-long strike but cannot work on empty stomachs.
The Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Prof. Ade Adejumo, made this known during a press conference to give an update on the strike action
In a related development, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) said that the reason ASUU has not called off its strike is that some issues raised by the union have not been attended to.
The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba on Tuesday, November 17, said the labour union could not advise ASUU to call off its strike until the pending issues are resolved with the government.
Wabba made the disclosure when he spoke with journalists after presenting NLC’s position on six executive bills before the Senate committee on aviation.
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