The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday accused the Federal Government of lacking in sincerity as negotiations continue over the ongoing strike embarked by the university lecturers.
Prof Olufayo Olu-Olu, the Akure zone chairman of the union who spoke on Thursday at a press conference said the government was paying lip service to education especially as it affects tertiary education.
He said, “ASUU is not the one delaying negotiation as it is always open to renegotiations, but will only return to classes when the government has shown enough commitments to the fulfilment of its own signed agreement.”
Present at the conference were the ASUU chairmen in the universities in the zone – Prof Yinka Awopetu (Federal University of Technology, Akure), Dr Kayode Arogundade (Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti), Dr Adeola Egbedokun (Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife), and Dr Akin Omonijo (Federal University, Oye Ekiti).
Olu-Olu stated that “It is indeed sad that since 2009, government finds it difficult toeing the path of honour to implement the agreement reached by the negotiating team and ASUU, but finds it easier embarking on political jamborees across the nation, spending billions on school feeding programme and proliferating more higher institutions when existing ones are in comatose. What an irony!”
“It is an embarrassment to the nation and the international community that the government has continued to pay lip service to the issues raised despite the uproar of the great Nigerian students and their helpless parents,” he added
Commenting on IPPIS, Olu-Olu said that ASUU provided a trusted alternative to save the government millions of dollars being squandered on foreign agencies.
The zonal ASUU said the strike will continue until the government meets all the demands of the union which include the total fulfilment of the 2009 agreement and the acceptance of the UTAS payment platform.
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