Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has condemned
the attitude of the Federal Government towards the strike action
embarked upon by the universities teachers saying that if the government
has not defaulted in the implementation of the agreement reached and…

signed with the union, there would not have been a strike action.

ASUU Chairman, University of Iba
dan Chapter, (UI) in an exclusive

interview said, “It is unfortunate the situation we have found

ourselves in this country. When we started this strike action, we felt

we are dealing with a responsible and responsive government. We felt

this is a government that would want to do that which is the yearning

of the people. We felt this is a government that will see the need to

quickly address issues that have led us to the strike. It is a pity

that we have been talking to deaf and dumb government. This is the

fourth month and this government is not yielding to the wishes of

Nigerians which is to fund public universities appropriately.”

He continued, “It is not a nice story that Nigeria’s universities have

been shut for four months and the government is not putting in serious

efforts to making sure that the problems are addressed. It is really

sad.”

Ajiboye who noted that the nation’s universities cannot continue to

run the way they are presently, said without the urgent intervention

of the government to arrest the rots that have accumulated over years,

the universities cannot produce the expected results.

The ASUU leader stated that the union has refused to shift ground so

that public universities could be protected for the children of the

poor to have access to the university education and have universities

to go.
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Lamenting how the government has killed both primary and secondary

schools in the country, he appealed that efforts should be put in

place to sustain public tertiary institutions stressing, “the private

universities is unaffordable for the poor.

The lowest school fee in a private university is N700, 000. Where can

parents that are on minimum wage of N18, 000 get such amount of money

to send their children to such university?”

Ajiboye also condemned the attempt of the government to rubbish the

personality of Deacon Gamaliel Onosode and other eminent Nigerian

personalities who negotiated with the ASUU to produce the 2009

agreement.

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