- For over five months now, the academic activities of Nigerian students have been brought to a standstill
- Despite intervention from prominent personalities, governors and even groups, ASUU and the federal government is yet to reach an agreement and the strike continues
- Interestingly, the minister of education has called on Nigerian students to drag ASUU to court and make the union pay the students for wasted time during the six-month strike
There is a new development regarding the lingering strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The Punch reports that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, on Thursday, August 18, said it is the responsibility of the union to compensate students for the time wasted during the six-month strike, not the federal government.
He also maintained that the government will not concede to the union’s demand to pay lecturers their emoluments for the six months of no academic activities.
The minister asks students to sue ASUU
Adamu suggested that the affected students should “take ASUU to court” to claim damages incurred over the strike period.
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The Education minister spoke at the 47th Session of the State House Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the federal government bears no liability to compensate millions of students grounded for six months over lost time.
Nigerians took to the official Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to the development.
Unique Moses said
"His coming out to talk now because Asuu told student note to vote in his party."
Osunobun Lewis Ogieriakhi insisted
"Government must pay for wasting ASUU time."
Omotosho Sikirulahi urged
"I believed the students know what to do in the next upcoming election 2023.let be wise and vigilant."
Toby Datubo Roland queried
"If the government have done the needful will ASUU be on strike?
"Who owns the universities, ASUU?"
Victor Otega Mentie revealed
"Minister doesn't even know that some students are enjoying the strike"
Akinyosoye Tosin said
"Confused set of people. What a shame!!!"
2023: ASUU president reveals politicians Nigerian students should not vote for as strike continues
Meanwhile, Professor Osodeke has said Nigerian students should not vote for politicians who have their children studying in institutions outside the country.
Speaking on some of the way forwards on the lingering strike, the ASUU president said students should not vote for politicians who would not represent their interests.
Osodeke said this in response to a question on what Nigerian students could do amid the lingering ASUU strike.
2023: There is no alternative to participation, get your PVCs, CSOs tells Nigerian youths
In another development, civil societies have begun to intensify campaigns to sensitize Nigerian youths on the need to participate in the forthcoming elections.
YIAGA Africa has warned Nigerian youths that the forthcoming general election is critical to their future and that only participation can be a major determinant for a better Nigeria.
The electoral monitoring organization described the outrageous price of political parties’ nomination forms for aspirants as an attempt to auction the leadership of Nigeria.