ASUU Says Schools Won’t Reopen Until Its Demands Are Met

by on September 14, 2020

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has told the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to honour the agreement it had with the union before reopening of the universities after the coronavirus pandemic.

ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking at a town meeting at the African Hall, the University of Ilorin, however, declined to reveal the agenda.

The union said that it would unfold its next agenda if the Government refused to negotiate the 2009 agreement signed by both parties.

“I think it is better we wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then,” Ogunyemi said.

He stated that the union had in March went on strike because of the government’s insensitivity to university education, adding that some of ASUU’s demands included funding of university education, which the government had reneged on in the last 10 years.

The ASUU President said, “There is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in the country. Some universities use stoves in their laboratories instead of burners and buckets to fetch water to perform experiments; it’s as bad as that.

“Check the social media; you will see them celebrating their children graduating from foreign universities. This is why they are not willing to fund public universities.”

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