ASUU may not honour further calls by federal government – Biodun Ogunyemi

ASUU may not honour further calls by federal government – Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it may not respect another calls by Federal Government for a talk on the way ahead over the present strike by its individuals.


The association’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this know at a news gathering on the refresh of the association’s battle to rescue the nation’s state funded colleges from decay on Sunday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the individuals from the association, under the wing of ASUU, had on Nov. 4, set out on what it had depicted as a ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite strike’.

Individuals from the association were dissenting the non usage of understandings went into with the Federal Government in 2009 & 2017, also financing & enhanced welfare for individuals, among different matters.

As indicated by Ogunyemi, to guarantee that the understandings were put into action, the organisation had held arrangement of consultative talk with the administration & composed orders of letters with pretty much nothing to the impact.

He noticed that it was against this setting that the association continued strike on Nov.

“Since the commencement of this strike, we have had six meetings with agents of the Federal Government, with no clear commitment from government to resolving the issues we presented.”

“Government appears to have adopted ‘keep them talking’ strategy while deceiving the public that progress was being made and that partial agreements had been reached between union and government.”

“We want to say that government has continually and falsely raised the hopes of the Nigerian public on the state of discussion with our union and we may not be interested in holding further dialogue with them until we see signs of commitment and sincerity in addressing the issues before them.”

“Our expectation from a very responsive and sincere position is that by now, all outstanding issues would gave been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.”

“Unfortunately, government is yet to show commitment and sincerity in addressing these problems,” he stated.

As indicated by the don, on the rebargaining of Federal Government/ASUU assention, there are as yet uncertain matters about the authority of the administration group.


“We have strong reasons to believe that the continuation of Dr Wale Babalakin as the head of the renegotiation with ASUU will not yield good fruit,” he stated.

Ogunyemi said association had taken up its present venture as a real existence time, including this was the reason going back to the 1980s, association had stayed predictable on what was of worry to it.

“If we miss education, we miss development as we will end up being enslaved the second time.”

“What is happening in this country now is that people are privatising everything, including education and before we know it, what happened to our primary and secondary education will happen.”

“And these are some of the things we are supposed to be tracking and engaged in this society, if we want to make the change that we need.”

“Our conviction is the reason behind the prolonged strike and our members have the conviction that until we get education right, Nigeria will never get it right.”

“Insurgency will increase, banditry, poverty, kidnapping, misery and other societal ills will continue.”

“Let me also state clearly too that our strike has nothing to do with politics or election, as is being speculated in some sectors of the society.”

“We have never thought of aborting any election. We do not want to create problem for this country but let government do the right thing,” he stated.

Ogunyemi said that the circumstance may need to ascend to the point where Nigerians would need to instruct government with the nation’s training framework.”

He said the association valued the comprehension of the Nigerian undergraduate, their parents, among whom were numerous ASUU individuals & other individuals of altruism since the continuation of the preventable strike.

“ASUU does not underestimate your forfeit. With your proceeded with help and forfeit, we can make the Nigerian decision class come to acknowledge the centrality of college training in enhancing the human condition.”

“Subjective and open financed instruction isn’t a choice; it is inescapable if Nigeria ever wishes to exile destitution, numbness, sqaulor, frailty, illness and debasement.”

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