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Strike: ASUU begs Buhari to have mercy on students

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Strike: ASUU begs Buhari to have mercy on students

…We’re optimistic, says FG



The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan branch, Dr. Deji Omole, yesterday begged President Muhammadu Buhari on behalf of the union to show mercy on the students loafing about in their homes by quickly meeting the demands of the union. While appealing to the President, Omole in a chat with New Telegraph nevertheless described the call by the Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige, on the union to have mercy on students and call off its strike as ‘a merciless utterance.’ According to Omole, the statement by the minister exposed the ruling government as insincere and callous to the wellbeing of Nigerian students, adding that since government was a continuum, it was regrettable that Ngige, who was being paid salaries put in place by previous governments as a minister, would say previous governments caused the problem of the strike by signing the 2009 agreement.

The ASUU boss, who noted that the current administration had not shown mercy on education and the health of the nation, said the union had genuine concern to truncate the plans of the ruling capitalist to destroy the future of Nigerian youths by not funding education. “We are patriots; otherwise we would not go on strike.


We would have been looking on and allow everything to be destroyed. But, we cannot allow our future (children) to be taught in zoo-like conditions”, he said. But the Federal Government has expressed optimism that the strike action would soon come to an end to allow university undergraduates resume school. Addressing newsmen before embarking on a closed door meeting with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) led by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi yesterday in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said he was also affected by the ongoing strike as his children schooling in Nigeria have also been at home.


“This deliberation I hope will be short because we have done a lot of work since we last adjourned. From what we got back as our feedback from the government side, there is hope that after this meeting, we will have good news for Nigerians,” he said. On his part, the ASUU president, Ogunyemi said based on the body language of Ngige, ASUU was hoping and willing to be a bearer of good news to its members so they could return back to the classroom. “We are also delighted to be here and evident from your presentation it appears you have good news for us. We are here to take the good news to our members on the basis on which they will take the appropriate decision.



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