ASUU Strike: Protests Get To The Streets As University Lecturers Sensitise The Public

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The face-off between striking university lecturers and the Federal Government took a new twist yesterday, as some lecturers rallied at Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, at Ile-Ife and Osun State University, UNIOSUN, Osogbo, in bids to sensitise members of the public to the union’s demands from the Federal Government and implementation of agreements reached in 2009.

While some OAU teachers marched through streets of Ile-Ife, lecturers from Osun State University held their rally at the newly constructed Freedom Square at Old Garage, Osogbo.

The striking lecturers from the two institutions, who condemned the action of the Federal Government for attempting to politicise the demands of ASUU over the agreement reached with the former, held the rallies peacefully and under Police protection.

Chairman of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, branch of ASUU, Dr. Adegbola Akinola in his address said the Federal Government was yet to fulfill agreements reached with the leadership of the union.

According to him, the sensitization rally was in compliance with the directive from the National Secretariat of the union, stressing that the government has not been faithful with the agreement reached with the union.

Akinola maintained that the government was not transparent over ASUU’s demands, declaring that the union’s position was to sanitise the tertiary education sector.

Also speaking at the Ile-Ife rally which started at the Oduduwa Hall of the institution, Dr. Amos Adeoye Idowu from the Department of Public Law said that the enlightenment rally was to ensure that tertiary institutions in the country were funded the way they should, saying that “we are saying no to bastardization of tertiary educational system as was done to primary and secondary education system.

“We are covered by the law which gives Nigerians the right to express their minds. We are out to claim civil and political rights by educating members of the public on why ASUU is on nationwide strike so that government will be proactive in taking care of education in the country.

“We are looking for a situation whereby the government runs away from wastage. What we are saying is that government should give tertiary institution priority attention. We don’t want a situation whereby our youths get out of schools without job”, he said.

On his part, Dr. Abiona Joseph, chairman, Osun State University branch of ASUU expressed worry that majority of Nigerians have been misinformed by the blackmail from the government.

He said that the rally was to “educate the people on what is actually happening and correct the impression by the people that ASUU rejected the offers of government”.

In his reaction to the appeal made by President Jonathan urging ASUU members to be patriotic and call off the strike, the ASUU Ibadan Zonal chairman, Adesola Nasir, said that President Jonathan can’t be urging ASUU members to be patriotic because “patriotism is about helping your country move forward and ensuring equal welfare of the citizens.

He said: “Rather than appealing to sentiments, government should do what it is supposed to do by adequately funding education sector. Appealing to sentiments can’t put our universities on global ranking neither would it fix the decay in the system. By asking us to be patriotic and call off the strike, the President is asking us to continue to churn out unemployable graduates.”

Speaking in the same vein, the National Secretary, Education Rights Campaign, Mr. Michael Ogundele, said the President’s appeal reveals that there’s nothing positive to expect from this administration.

“Government is neither ready to recognise nor implement the 2009 agreement. The ERC is urging the general public to mount pressure to do the right thing and fund education.”

17 COMMENTS

  1. It is unfortunate that Jonathan’s administration is not placing education as his priority, rather the conflict of his party.
    ASSU on the other hand, no matter how legitimte their demand is should know that thy have excided their rights. God help students

  2. Asuu. Dr nasir faggae God will purnish you and your vice chairman you guys want to Drive same bullet proof cars as the ministers then why not join politics and become one of them and leave us alone. Did we the students complain to Asuu that we don’t like our schools?? You guys are yet to tell us what you want. You guys are bargaining with our future. And you think that you will go free with this. Don’t worry do your part and watch what happens next….better call off dis shit cos FG has done wat they feel they can do for you. Rubbish

  3. I can’t totally beleave with asuu and at the same time blame the federal government for agreeing and signing of the agreement.The asuu chairman unijos branch had once said that the asuu was demanding each student to pay a tuition fee of not less than N300,000 per session but the government rejected.That was where the government agreed on the alternative giving by the asuu.What is disturbing me is source of the fund.ASUU don’t the fund from budget nor tetfund but different source.what of their internal generated revenue?

  4. FG do not implement d agreement, let them start with d already offer made available, dis people are taking we students frm granted. This is my message to asuu, if u like call off d strike and if u dont like dont call, i belive wen u get tired, u wil call it off. Becos asuu we nt listen until they ar embarasd.

  5. I dont see any sense in this rubbish Asuu is doing,student never complained so why u?am sure if FG hid to ur request,80% of the money will go to your executives pocket….why nt stop this nonsense u call strike and let students get back to school…..By d time u end this so call strike,this would have gotten worst……Aluta continua …..STOP TOYING WITH STUDENT FUTURE!!!!!

  6. u complain of boko haram but let me tel u if dis strike is not called off wats worst dan boko is coming. d students boko is coming. d way am angry now is such dat I can kill any lecturer I hav d chance of killing. nonsense n stupid lecturers n assu

  7. Story story, what nonesense, come to think of it, if govt give them all the money that was meant to develop all other sector of the economy, when the student graduate, where will they work. Asuu members are all bunch of educated illiterate.

  8. Story story, what nonesense, come to think of it, if govt give them all the money that was meant to develop all other sector of the economy, when the student graduate, where will they work. Asuu members are bunch of educated illiterate.

  9. The comments made by most commentatators here opined that most of them are living in d past and are ill-exposed.. Well being underdraduate, I dnt xpect you to know more than this, bt as a matter of fact, ASUU is fighting a just cause….

  10. The comments made by most commentatators here opined that most of them are living in d past and are ill-exposed.. Well, being underdraduate, I dnt xpect you to know more than this, bt as a matter of fact, ASUU is fighting a just cause.

  11. The comments made by most commentatators here opined that most of them are living in d past and are ill-exposed.. Well, being underdraduate, I dnt xpect you to know more than this, bt as a matter of fact, ASUU is fighting a just cause..

  12. As a matter f fact ASUU are on d right way, as a student I have little information on oda universities abroad nd even here in Africa, d standard, d quality,d system of our tatiary institutions here in 9ja is very local com fire with dem out there, there4 our universities requires urgent attention to b frank. But d question here is dat is it true dat FG have no money to put in dat part? Off course NO, if dat amount of money has given 2 ASUU will they use it a proper way? In my view, that is where d problem counts!

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