Following the ongoing two months strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, the union president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has reportedly made it known that the Federal Government should be held responsible for the strike.
Disclosing this in an interview, he stated, “The initial idea was that the government would have met all the demands within the four weeks. But since the government said they could not meet up with our demands in four weeks, we said let us give them eight weeks. We just don’t want to declare an indefinite strike. Let us hope that in eight weeks, they meet up so that schools can return to normal and there will be an improvement in the system.”
He maintained, “All they have done is to make promises as they had done in the past. For our members, if you have made promises in the past that you did not fulfill, why should we believe you again? If the government was serious about these problems, within four weeks the problems would have been solved.”
He added, “We say release the white paper, release the revitalisation fund for universities and sign the agreement, these things should not have taken four weeks if they were serious.”
He indicated, “For eight months, the government went to sleep and when ASUU went on strike, they came up.”
Commenting on the FG’s claim that there were no funds to meet the demands of the union, Osodeke remarked that, “The government said there is no money but they have money for elections. Between education and election, which one is much more important? They constructed a railway from Kaduna to the Niger Republic, is that more important than education?”
He said, “They claim there is no money, but the President increased the duty tour allowance and you see them travelling from one country to another. Does that prove that there is no money? Who are the ones benefiting from the DTA? Aren’t they political office holders? But the one that concerns the ordinary Nigerians, they claim they don’t have money. It is not correct; it is just the issue of priority”.