The Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence (FJHD) has given ASUU a pat on the back for its commitment in prosecuting the three-month old strike to compel the federal government to finally address the myriad of problems bedeviling the country’s university education system.
The group said the action of ASUU was not unjustified while questioning the sincerity of the federal government “to meeting the said demands” despite the reported release of N130 billion to the governing councils of the different universities.
The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Oghenejabor Ikimi, lamented that hindsight has not shown the government acting in a sincere manner that would cause it to be trusted by the ASUU leadership.
Ikimi opined that the leadership of ASUU should not shift ground on the strike issue until the government demonstrated its seriousness by signing a kind of undertaking to implement the reformatory recommendations of the academic union after the strike would have been called off.
“Even if the federal government’s intention in the above regard is sincere, it is our considered opinion that before ASUU calls off its strike action, it must ensure that the federal government as a matter of urgency, signs a workable document with the leadership of ASUU on how it intends to meet their demands bearing in mind that a similar agreement signed in 2009 between the federal government and ASUU has not been implemented by the Federal Government till date.
“The group believes that ASUU’s demands are genuine and real as (the strike) is an attempt by ASUU to save our educational system from extinction. For instance, in a recent world assessment of universities where the list of the world’s first 1,000 universities were published no Nigerian university was mentioned.
The group stressed that “our universities deserve better funding to be able to re-position and revitalise itself as citadels of learning before they can turn out graduates the nation can be proud of,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) chapter of ASUU has expressed appreciation to Nigerians “for the support availed ASUU so far in the struggle”, saying it would not waver but remain resolute until victory was achieved.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Nwafor Mordi, the body also condemned what it called shoddy conduct recently of the university’s Post-UTME, claiming that its organisation “fell short of minimum standards for DELSU examinations.”