Students and stakeholders have lampooned both the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over the two-month extension of the ASUU’s one-month warning strike.
Speaking to realpoliticsnigeria.ng, they massively criticized the government and the union for failing to resolve the crisis.
ASUU has earlier in February this year embarked on a one month ‘warning ‘strike seeking that certain demands which had been agreed upon in the past. These demands include, the revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement and alleged inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payments.
Emmanuel Osodeke, who serves as ASUU’s President had yesterday announced the strike’s extension owing to the government’s failure to address the issues raised in the warning strike.
Osodeke, states that the union’s National Executive Council meeting which was held in Abuja, had resolved to give the government another eight weeks to address all the issues “in concrete terms”.
He said, “NEC acknowledged the intervention efforts, in various ways, by patriots and friends of genuine national development (students, parents, journalists, trade union leaders, civil society activists etc) to expeditiously resolve the crisis which government’s disposition had allowed to fester.
“However, ASUU, as a union of intellectuals, has historic obligations to make government honour agreements.”
Nigerian students had taken to twitter to bash ASUU, for Mohammed Adamu, a student of Federal University of Technology Minna, he states that he agreed with FG owing to the numerous negotiations over the years and wanted ASUU to come up with new ways of protesting against government instead of resorting to strikes.
Another student Moses Ngwuyah, of Benue State University blamed the Federal Government describing the central government as insincere. He said, “ How can one be happy with the present state of things? These people in government have their children in private schools or schools outside the Federation, how then can the Federal Government renege on agreements reached, this is unfair.”
Meanwhile ASUU may contemplate rolling over the strike should the FG not come up with a resolution to their demands. This was made known to realpolitics.ng by a member of ASUU’s NEC. Craving anonymity, the NEC official told our medium that should ASUU’s demands fail to get any form of redress, then ASUU would have no other choice but to continue the strike indefinitely.
“ASUU has come to the point of no going back, we would continue to demand that tertiary education be saved in Nigeria, anything short of this will no longer be acceptable, now they are talking about setting up a committee to review the 2019 Memorandum of Action and have given it a three months mandate, we are waiting and watching, this time we will insist on the inviolability of these agreements”