ASUU BLAMES STUDENT

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Really?? So we are to blame for whats going on now?

In an interview with the Punch, the President of the
union, Dr. Isa
Fagge, said students were tired of the incessant
industrial actions by
the university lecturers due to the Federal
Government’s failure to
implement the agreement it had with ASUU since
2009.
Fagge said the union had decided to heed the advice
of the students to
continue the strike until the Federal Government
fully
implemented the agreement.
“Our students have come out to say they don’t want
us to call off the
strike until the Federal Government answers us,
because they don’t
want us to call off now and later we go back to strike
again. So, we are
heeding the advice of our students,” he said.
On the complaint by the Federal Government that it
lacked the funds
to implement the agreement, Fagge said it was not
all about money,
noting that government did not need funds to start
implementing
some parts of the agreement.
“There are issues and agreement they can
implement without
money. Why don’t they begin with those ones?” he
asked.
He added that it was unfortunate that the
government had pulled
out of dialogue with ASUU, stating that the union
would not be
intimidated.
He said, “Now, government has pulled out of the
dialogue. We
thought we were the ones going on strike, but now
government has
also gone on strike.”
Last Thursday, university students under the
auspices of the
National Association of Nigerian Students reportedly
staged a
peaceful protest in Ado-Ekiti and flayed the Federal
Government for
failing to honour the agreement it had with ASUU
since 2009.
The students, who were from public universities,
threatened to
disrupt activities of private universities, adding that
the government
was not bothered about their plight because children
of government
officials were studying either in private universities
or studying
overseas.
The university lecturers began an indefinite strike on
July 1 and
have been demanding full implementation of the
agreement ASUU
had with the Federal Government in 2009, which
among other things
include the UNESCO-recommended 26 per cent
budgetary allocation
for education. However, the government said it could
not implement
the agreement, and is seeking re-negotiation.
The Federal Government, last Wednesday, accused
ASUU of being
unrealistic by continuing its nationwide strike and
asked it to
rethink its demands, considering other commitments
government
has.
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, who gave
government’s
position on the strike when he briefed journalists at
the end of the
weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council,
said apart from
security, education was one of the sectors the
government had
expended a lot of money on.

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