ASUU, our struggle is to save public universities
August 30, 2022
As the strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) entered eight months, the leadership of ASUU has reinterated that their struggle is for to create better educational infrasture for future generation.
Just as the union National Executive Council (NEC) is to embark on full blown indefinite strike unless their demands are met.
The helmsman, Professor, Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed that the indefinite strike takes effect from 12:01am on Tuesday, 30 August, 2022.
It had been earlier reported how most ASUU chapters voted that the strike, which started on Valentine day, February 14, 2022. With the strike snowballing into full blown strike, Federal Government has feigned ignorance of the plights most parents who are not able to enrol their children in private universities or flow them abroad have been facing.
It would be recalled the union extended the strike by eight weeks on March 14, citing the government’s failure to fully address its demands.
It thereafter extended the strike by another 12 weeks on May 9. The union again extended the strike on August 1 by another four weeks “to give government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues”.
Our action is to save public universities
In the statement, Osodeke said the purpose of its strike action is to “save public universities”.
He added that Federal Government has failed to satisfactorily address its demands.
“ASUU NEC noted with pains, its concerns for Nigerian students who are also our wards and foster children and condemned Government’s seeming indifference to their plights. The Union empathizes with the students, their parents, as well as other stakeholders (including our colleagues who are undertaking their higher degrees) in the universities. ASUU reaffirms its belief in the sanctity of a stable academic system.” ASUU was forced into this painful decision.
“Were it within our control, our universities would never have been shut for one day! However, ASUU was forced into taking this painful decision to prevent members of the Nigerian children from the ruling class and their foreign collaborators from further destroying whatever is left of our public universities. We are all victims.
“We need the understanding, solidarity and sacrifices of all to ensure that every qualified Nigerian youth who cannot afford the cost of private university education or foreign studies has unhindered access to quality university education. ASUU strikes are aimed at saving public education, and ensuring that Governments (Federal and State) use our common patrimony to support quality public university education. This is our collective obligation.
“In view of the foregoing, and following extensive deliberations on the government’s response to the resolution of 14th February 2022 so far, NEC concluded that the demands of the union had not been satisfactorily addressed.
“Consequently, NEC resolved to transmute the roll-over strike to a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike action beginning from 12.01a.m. on Monday, 29th August 2022.”