ASUU Accuses FG of Insincerity, Says Strike Continues
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has the Federal Government of insincerity in its bid to resolve its dispute leading to the strike of university lecturers, insisting that insisted that they would not return to the classrooms on Monday (today).
The President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, confirmed the stand of the union to an enquiry made by a newspaper correspondent that it won’t resume work as directed by the federal government.
The Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, had advised the striking lecturers to return to work on or before December 4 or face dismissal, but the date was shifted to Monday (today), to enable the members of ASUU participate in the burial of Prof. Festus Iyayi, a former president of ASUU on Saturday.
ASUU had in a news bulletin to its chapters after its meeting in Ekpoma, Edo State on Sunday, said the Federal Government had not met its conditions for suspending the over five months’ strike.
It said the government threat to sack its members would not break the union’s resolve to pursue its action to a logical conclusion.
Asked if the members of the union would go back to work today and if they had confirmed the N200bn the Federal Government claimed to have deposited in a special account at the Central Bank of Nigeria, Fagge simply replied, “No to both questions.”
A source privy to the meeting, said, “No Jupiter will force us to go and teach until all the agreements are documented. The Federal Government is not sincere. If indeed the authorities have agreed, why will they be afraid to document what has been agreed upon?
“Let the vice-chancellors, who can teach, go and do so. But our members are determined not to sign any attendance register tomorrow (today). The threat does not bother us, as truth will always supercede deception, lies and any form of intimidation.”
The Chairman of the University of Abuja chapter, Dr. Clement Chup, also described the threat as “an empty one.”
He said, “We are still waiting for the government to respond to our letter; until that is done, the strike continues.
“When the December 4 deadline was given, I said ‘I dey laugh because I knew it would not work.’ Now that they have extended it, ‘I still dey laugh’ because it will still not work. Because you (Federal Government) are not ready to honour an agreement and you will begin to threaten people with sacking; it doesn’t work that way.”
His Nasarawa State University, Keffi, counterpart, Dr. Theophilus Lagi, said, “It is only the National Executive Council of the ASUU that could take the decision to suspend the strike.”
He said lecturers in the school would stay away from the classrooms since the NEC of ASUU had yet to suspend the strike.
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