Ibadan: ASUU sound a note of warning to FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has sounded a warning note to the Federal Governemnt (FG) stating the fight for better university education in Nigeria would not be over until the ivory towers enjoy effective implementation of the agreements the government reached with the union.

The University of Ibadan branch of the Union also alleged that the members of staff of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan were being harassed and called on Nigerians to join hands to resist it.

The Chairman of the branch, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye and some top members of the union made the claims at an interactive session with reporters in Ibadan on Friday.

They explained that the implementation of the agreements signed by the government while ending the strike had been disappointing.

Ajiboye said Nigerians must come together to condemn the pains being inflicted on workers at CRIN by the government.

“ASUU is interested and we need to expose the evil there. Nigeria must be a free state for all,” Ajiboye said.

He also reviewed the last strike by members of the union and expressed appreciation to the media for supporting the cause.

The unionist explained that the strike, which started from July 1 and ended Dec 17, 2013, was a hard decision for the union. He said the union was forced to proceed on the strike after exploring all other avenues without success.

He said: “The struggle was borne out of the conviction that Nigerian universities would run better if better funded.

“The minister and other government functionaries eventually realised that we were just fighting for the well-being of the education sector, not just ourselves.

The National Treasurer of the union, Dr Demola Aremu, said that ASUU would continue to fight for the survival and progress of the university system in Nigeria so it would not go the way of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.

He said: “As we speak, government is yet to release the N200 billion promised.”

He said the huge sum should have been released with another N55 billion for the first quarter of this year, which the institutions should be spending by now.

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