The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to unleash its next plan if the federal government failed to meet its demands as contained in the agreements between the two sides in 2009.
ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state.
The meeting, which was also attended by parents, students union leaders and alumni of universities in the country, saw conversation lengthened down to the reopening of the universities.
Ogunyemi said ASUU had agreements with the federal government which since 2009 are yet to be addressed, let alone honoured.
According to him, schools cannot be reopened unless the government showed responsibility and do the needful on the agreements between the two parties. “I think we should wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then,” the don posited.
Ogunyemi also alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in Nigeria as the government has refused to intensify its commitment to fund public education. “There is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in the country. Some universities use stoves in their laboratories instead of burners and buckets to fetch water to perform experiments; it’s as bad as that,” the ASUU president remarked.
Ractions from Nigerians on social media trailed the ASUU’s comment on the reopening of tertiary institutions across the country during the Covid-19 crisis. The lecturers’ body had on Monday, August 31, issued a note of warning to the federal government, saying attempts to reopen higher institutions without putting concrete steps to curb the spread of the virus would be “suicidal.”