Sunday, 8 September 2013

We Are Not Politicians, ASUU Tells FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied any political connection to its strike.

The union said there was nothing political in asking for full implementation of four-year old agreement.

The union said, if at all, it was the federal government through its propaganda machinery that is politicising the moral failure of the federal government to fully implement the agreement it signed with the union.

Governor Gabriel Suswan had while hosting National Union of Benue State Students insisted that ASUU strike was becoming a political action other than agitation for the welfare of university lecturers.

He said "ASUU has no business continuing with this strike because the federal government has met all of their demands. There is nothing in the list of their demands that government has not touched "

A release signed the Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye today asked Governor Suswan to guide his utterances and limit his talks to the mandate given to him by the federal government. 

According Dr Ajiboye, ASUU has a legitimate agreement with the federal government since 2009 which the government has refused to fully implementation.

He asked Nigerian leaders to demonstrate the love they have for Nigeria by withdrawing their children in private universities both in Nigeria and abroad and stop health tourism by using the health facilities they provide for Nigerians.

The ASUU boss noted that as members of intellectual community, they were surprised that the leader of FG's Needs assessment implementation committee was loosing sight of realities that there is a difference from agreement and demands.

While reiterating the resolve of the body to get full implementation before going back to the classroom, Ajiboye added the union will not allow the federal government to mortgage Nigeria's public education saying the political class have been selfish and self-serving.

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