– ASUU has said it will continue its current strike if the federal government does not address its demands
– The president of the ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi made the statement on Saturday, August 22
– Ogunyemi said ASUU wants the government to provide facilities in universities that will drive the process of quality education
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The hope of any timely reopening of universities across the country has been dashed after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) disclosed that it will continue its current strike if the federal government does not address its demands.
The president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi on Saturday, August 22, justified the ongoing strike by the union.
He said ASUU’s demands were genuine and in the interest of the nation, The Nation reported.
Ogunyemi told stakeholders at the University of Port Harcourt that students need to show understanding because some of ASUU’s demands would favour them.
He said the union wants the government to provide facilities in universities that will drive the process of quality university education.
The ASUU president regretted that university lecturers were still receiving the same salary scale of 2009 in 2020.
According to him, it appears that some forces in government are bent on inflicting suffering on university lecturers.
Meanwhile, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the minister of state for education has said tertiary institutions in Nigeria will reopen very soon.
The minister said that the federal government is also making moves to end the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike before schools reopen.
This was disclosed by Nwajiuba during a programme that aired on the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Saturday, August 22.
In another report, the federal government’s refusal to reopen tertiary institutions across the country due to the COVID-19 crisis is taking a worse dimension as Nigerian students vowed to embark on a nationwide protest.
During their virtual meeting on Sunday, August 16, the students under the aegis of the National Association of University Students (NAUS), National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) and National Association of College of Education Students (NANCES), said the time is ripe for schools reopening.
They also resolved to give the federal government a two-week ultimatum to lift the ban on tertiary institutions, saying failure to reopen schools will be met with rejection by students.
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