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University strike: Why FG can’t meet ASUU demands – Adamu

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By Olisemeka Obeche

of Education, Adamu Adamu, has dis­closed federal government does not have the resources to the momen­tary demands of the striking Academic Staff Union of Univer­sities (ASUU). told newsmen in Abuja crash in the prices of oil globally has affected the economic fortunes of Nigeria. According to him, the oil price crash had dire consequenc­es on all sectors of the economy, including education.

ASUU declared an indefinite last Sunday after its Na­tional Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Akure, Ondo State. The latest industrial action, which commenced on Monday was blamed on the government’s delay in implementing the Mem­orandum of Understanding (MoU) government agreed to in 2017, including to compel gov­ernment to conclude the renego­tiation of other agreements also collectively reached in 2009.

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The National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, while announcing the commencement of the , re-echoed the insin­cerity of government in meeting their demands.

“Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotia­tion with reasonable men, using the principle of collective bargain­ing, ASUU, at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018, at the Federal of Tech­nology, Akure (FUTA), resolved to resume the nationwide strike action it suspended in September 2017, with immediate effect.

“This strike will be total, com­prehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement(s) all outstanding is­sues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renego­tiation of the 2009 agreements. We have today, been subjected to 20 years of continued re-colo­nization under alleged democra­cy,” he said. He alleged that all the ruling circle have been doing is regrouping themselves in the various factions they call political parties.

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The ASUU president noted the release of a paltry N20 billion revitalisation fund whereas the government released N1.3 tril­lion to a distressed bank recently.

He maintained govern­ment was not interested in public universities as the children of the top politicians and rich men in the society patronised private universities at the detriment of public institutions.

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