ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday advised students and their mother and father to not count on suspension of ongoing strike by its members quickly, advising lecturers to hunt various technique of survival.
The union’s Abuja Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, who acknowledged this at a briefing on the University of Abuja campus, vowed to press residence with the strike till government bowed to its calls for.
It accused the federal government of not exhibiting dedication in resolving the problems that necessitated the continuing industrial motion.
The union acknowledged: “At this time, we want to let Nigerians, particularly our students and parents know that there isn’t any hope in sight to ending or suspending the ASUU strike that has lingered for a number of months as government is but to point out severe dedication in direction of addressing our core calls for.
“Our members have been suggested to hunt different reliable technique of survival as the government has not released salaries withheld since February, 2020.’’
The union significantly accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige of exhibiting what it described as disdain for Nigerian teachers.
It acknowledged additional: “One wants not be a psychologist to know the behaviour and up to date utterances of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige. The Minister has clearly proven his disdain for Nigerian academics and has didn’t play the function of an unbiased umpire in moderating the imbroglio.
“He has now grow to be the spokespreson to the Accountant Basic of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance, as a substitute of discovering answer for lecturers to get again to work,he’s turning the wheel of progress backwards by setting ASUU on a collision course with different presure teams within the university. Clearly Dr Ngige is on a war part with ASUU.
“As males of letters, we might have elected to disregard Senator Chris Ngige’s deliberate misinformation and deceit. So, this response is extra to straighten the report than it’s to therapeutic massage the minister’s ego.
‘’In one in every of his comedies of error, Ngige advised the nation that the putting lecturers had been paid salaries updated when he knew college lecturers have been being owed salaries for between 9 and 6 months for no simply trigger.
‘’In one other match of treachery, the Minister throughout a current price range protection on the Nationwide Meeting, whereas upholding the existence of College Autonomy Legislation, tried in useless to redefine its provisions.
“Prior to now few weeks, as an example, Ngige has mentioned one factor when he met with the union and a special factor on the identical topic in interviews with the media. This double character of a Minister and a purported negotiator within the face-off must be a supply of fear to not solely the physique of Nigerian college students but additionally mother and father who patronize public universities because the minister’s untoward angle is undermining the reopening of those schools.
“In furtherance of his intimidation of the lecturers and misinformation of the general public, Ngige argued that autonomy couldn’t maintain within the prevailing circumstance. On this, we want to educate the Minister that public universities in Nigeria are creatures of legislation as every university is established by an Act enacted by the National Assembly.’’