The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that universities across Nigeria will remain closed until the federal government honours its agreement with the union.
Stating the stand of the union during a town meeting at the African Hall, the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), the ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in the country.
He further revealed that the union will make known its next line of action if the Federal Government refuses to negotiate the agreement made by the two parties in 2009.
“I think it is better we wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then.
“There is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in the country. Some universities use stoves in their laboratories instead of burners and buckets to fetch water to perform experiments; it’s as bad as that,” he said.
Further revealing why the union went on strike in March, Ogunyemi explained that the union embarked on the strike as a result of ‘the government’s insensitivity to university education’.
According to the union president, the Federal government had ignored the MoU it signed with the union on the need to improve facilities on the campuses, students’ welfare, promotion, and welfare.
He further explained that the MoU was ignored “because there are plans to make education inaccessible to children of the poor, which today is creating social vices such as Yahoo-Yahoo, Yahoo-plus, banditry, and other criminal activities in the society.
“Check the social media; you will see them celebrating their children graduating from foreign universities. This is why they are not willing to fund public universities”, the ASUU president said.