“No More Dialogue: Strike Continues”, Says ASUU
Just when hopes are been revived that the closure of universities by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon come to an end following recent moves to get body to dialogue with the Federal Government, the union has declared that the strike will continue.
Speaking on recent developments on the strike, National President of the Union, Dr. Nasir Faege also revealed that the union has decided to cease to negotiate with the Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam’s committee, saying that the committee has nothing to deliver.
“The strike continues even if government is threatening to do the worst. There is no more dialogue with government, if the 2009 agreement is not approved. But we are willing to dialogue with anybody towards meeting ASUU’s said agreement. That is the truth.
“Our doors are open towards addressing these problems. If anybody invites us, we will be there. The only dialogue that we will not attend is that with the Suswam committee. ASUU has vowed not to listen to that committee again. The struggle is on and we are waiting and hoping that government will do what is right so that we will go back to our classes and start lecturing.
“Many students have been calling me in support of the ASUU strike and they want government to listen to us and that we should not call off the strike until the 2009 agreement is met. The condition of the universities is nothing to write home about.”
Responding to the ‘no-work no-pay’ declaration made by the federal government, the ASUU boss said:
“The Federal Government has not been paying. That statement is not applicable now since we have been working without pay.”
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