ASUU Strike: We’re Tired of the Government’s Promises and Demand Action

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it will not back down from its current ASUU strike, accusing the Federal Government of failing to keep its promises.

Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, stated this on Monday, more than two weeks after ASUU declared a one-month warning strike due to the Federal Government’s failure to honor its agreement with the body.

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“For the past nine years or so, they’ve been promising us things, but once the strike is over, they renege,” he said ahead of a meeting with Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige on Tuesday.

“As a result, our colleagues are tired of these empty promises.” “What we want are actions,” the ASUU leader told Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily breakfast show.

According to him, union members have made sacrifices for the country’s educational system, noting that despite ASUU strike actions, many schools have not missed any academic year.

Osodeke explained that many lecturers have not taken time off for years in order to keep up with the calendar, putting to rest claims that varsity teachers are paid to do nothing.

“Anyone who claims that ASUU is paid after the strike is lying. “We get paid for the work we do,” he said, adding that if the Federal Government had followed their own part of the agreement.

Despite complaints from Nigerian students that they are the ones who bear the brunt of the union’s incessant strikes, the ASUU president urged them to hold the government accountable. He stated that, unlike in the past, the government has not adequately funded education.

While acknowledging that students have the right to protest what they believe is wrong, Osodeke stated that the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) planned protest has not moved ASUU.

“If the students are well-cared for, they will not be discussing house rents because they will be staying in hostels.” Today, however, the government has abandoned hostels. That is all there is to it. That is what the students should fight for. Nobody would ask if all of the students were staying in dorms.

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