The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has made it known to students and their parents alike that it does not have the intention to embark on another indefinite strike that will devastate them but that the Federal Government has been frustrating their efforts at remaining in school.
The union while making this known implored the student Unions of universities to solidarize with ASUU, in order to help prevent another close down of the school owing to strike action.
Comrade Stanley Ogoun, the Coordinator of the Portharcourt zone of the union while addressing journalists in Portharcourt on Friday revealed regrettably that the government has the intention of forcing them into a strike but that they aren’t ready to do that at the moment.
Ogoun insisted that students and parents should resist the call for strike by the government, adding that they have resisted every move by the Federal government to make them go on industrial strike.
He revealed its demand to be the transformation of Nigeria universities to standard ones but further said the Federal government was only interested in proliferating them without adequate funding.
Ogoun said: “The Academic Staff Union of Universities is calling on All students, parents and well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on government at both the Federal and State levels that our union is rejecting their directive for us to proceed on strike, for now.
“Fellow masses, please ask the government to prove us wrong, that strike is not the only language they understand.
“Why compel us to disrupt academic activities again on our campuses, when we are yet to recover from the covid-19 assault?
“By deliberately rejecting and frustrating all overtures for peace, the government has spoken unequivocally that strike is the only language they understand.
“Our union is painfully resisting all attempts by the government to compel us to proceed on strike on strike so as to blackmail our union as they do with all labour unions in the country.”
He regretted at the attempt by the federal government to force them into a strike, adding that being a civil servant has doubled as the ticket to abandonment in Nigeria.
He further said the union should not continually clamour the best, revealing that it is a collective task to make sure the falling standard of education is rescued.
“Fellow Nigerians, you are aware that resident doctors are on strike due to governments’ preference for disruptive behaviour. Our courts were closed for a long time for the same reason.
“They have now asked us to join the queue. By subscribing to disruptive behaviour, the government has affirmed to Nigerians its preferred national behavioural model,” he added.