By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has urged the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to put issues concerning the recent Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the union on the front burner.
It would be recalled that ASUU called off its over 3-month-long strike last month thus enabling resumption of academic activities across various institutions across the country.
According to the ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, “this government signed an MoA with us and we will insist on it because it is not negotiable.
“We must have a Nigeria that is livable in the sense that what some people have been taking for granted must now be seen to engage the attention of any government that cares for the masses, especially the underprivileged.
“That is why we, as a union, are calling for a free education at all levels because we know that Nigeria, as a country, can afford it.
“For us to look towards a future that we can all be proud of, we must task government to be more proactive in matters concerning the poor masses.
“Let the president-elect get down to work and ensure that his administration comes up with pro-people policies that will be majorly tailored around key sectors such as education, health, transportation and employment”.
While congratulating Nigerians on their choice of a president, Ogunyemi said the union would not relent in making sure that public institutions were given a facelift in the country.
Meanwhile, the union has debunked the rumour making the rounds on the social media, claiming planned fresh industrial shutdown.
The rumour of the fresh strike arose when the union, in its official Twitter handle, Official_ASUU wrote, “Thinking of going on another 3 months strike action”. This, however generated fresh fear of possible industrial action.
According to Ogunyemi, “the reports of fresh strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities were false “.
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