Recalled when the Federal government and ASUU almost reached an agreement? if not, here’s it ⇒ ASUU Strike 2020: FG to End ASUU Strike Soon. Well, things seem not to be moving in the right direction anymore, as ASUU has publicly disclosed to Students and Parents “Don’t expect ASUU strike to end soon.”
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday, November 17, told students and their parents not to expect the suspension of its ongoing strike anytime soon.
According to the union’s Abuja Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi who made the announcement during a press briefing in FCT Abuja and also told lecturers to seek alternative means of survival, as it’s going head-on with the government over the IPPIS and UTAS payment system.
The Abuja Coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi accused the Nigerian government of not showing commitment in resolving the issues that necessitated the ongoing industrial action, further stated that they will continue with the strike until the government bows to the union’s demands.
Prof. Lagi went on to accuse the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige of turning the wheel of progress backward by setting ASUU on a collision course with other pressure groups in the Nigerian university.
He said and I quote below;
“Today, we wish to notify the good people of the Nation, especially our students and parents know that there is no hope in sight to ending or suspending the current ASUU strike that has lingered for several months as the Nigerian government is not showing any serious commitment in resolving this lingering problem.
“We’ve sent out a message to all Lecturers and Professors under our union to seek other legitimate means of survival as the Nigerian government has not released salaries withheld since February, 2020.
“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige has clearly shown his disdain for Nigerian academics and has failed to play the role of an unbiased umpire in moderating the complexity of this problem.
“Dr. Chris Ngige, instead of finding solution for lecturers to get back to work and students to resume academic activities, has now become the spokespreson to the Accountant General of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance. The minister is turning the wheel of progress backwards by setting ASUU on a collision course with other presure groups in the university.
The minister is fighting against ASUU< and falsefully told the nation that the striking lecturers had been paid salaries up to date when he knew university lecturers were being owed salaries for between nine and six months for no just cause.’’