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Prepare for longer strike – ASUU to members

Valentine Chinyem

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has told striking lecturers in public universities to brace up for a long strike.

ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi enjoined ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long drawn out struggle to salvage the University System.”

This was stated in Strike Bulletin No 5 sent to all members of the union.

According to Ogunyemi, members should remain steadfast “and resolute in the face of intimidation or antics employed by the government through Vice-chancellors and Governing councils to undermine the ongoing struggle.”

While adding that, “Government is yet to change its “keep them talking” style and stance as all the meetings held so far with the Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU.”

However, while speaking after their Zonal Meeting held at Ladoke Akintola University, ASUU chairman University of Ibadan Dr Deji Omole said Ibadan zone of ASUU has been fully mobilised with her members to ensure the reason for the strike gets actualised.

Omole noted that it is regrettable that the federal government who has not put anything on the table for revitalising the comatose education sector is busy mobilising funds for re-election in 2019.

More so, he appealed to parents not to mortgage the future of their children, urging them to join the fight for proper and adequate funding of public education.

ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike over unfulfilled past agreements by the government and underfunding of education sector in the country.