The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says there is no hope in sight to suspend its ongoing strike action because of alleged lack of commitment by the Federal Government.
Professor Theophilus Lagi, the ASUU, Abuja Zonal Coordinator, disclosed this at a press conference in Gwagwalada, Abuja on Tuesday, November 17.
Prof. Lagi said the strike had lingered for several months as the government had yet to show any serious commitment or willingness towards addressing the unions core demands for students to resume studies.
According to him, members of the ASUU have been advised to seek other legitimate means of survival as the government refused to released salaries withheld since February, 2020.
“Today, we wish to let Nigerians especially our students and parents know that there is no hope in sight to ending or suspending the ASUU strike that lingered for long. Government is yet to show serious commitment towards addressing our core demands”
“One needs not to be a psychologist to understand the behavior and recent utterances of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, by showing his disdain for Nigerian Academics and has failed to play the role of an unbiased umpire in moderating the imbroglio”
“He has now become the spokesperson to the accountant General of the Federation and Ministry of finance, instead of finding solution for lecturers to get back to work.
He is turning the wheel of progress backwards by setting ASUU on collision with other pressure groups in the University”
Meanwhile, president Muhammadu Buhari has vowed not to allow repeat of the recent #EndSARS protests that later hijacked by the hoodlums and resulted to the looting and vandalizing of the public and private property.
Buhari, who spoke through Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Dingyadi, said this during the meeting of the National Security Council (NSC) at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday, November 17.
He said, President Buhari reassured that the Federal Government would continue to dialogue with relevant stakeholders in ensuring peaceful and harmonious socio-economic environment across the country.
“What we are saying is that government will continue to dialogue; it will continue to listen and will also continue to carry all stakeholders along in ensuring that there is no repeat of what happened that destroyed a lot of property; public and private; individuals in this country,’’
Dingyadi, further stated that the NSC meeting was convened to brief the president about security situation in the country.
He, added: “The meeting noted with concern the increasing cases of armed banditry; particularly in the North-West as well as North Eastern parts of the country. The meeting agreed to be more proactive in dealing with the situation in a more decisive manner”
He, however said the President, reassured that all stakeholders will be involved in the process of maintaining peace in the country; particularly the youth; community leaders; traditional rulers; politicians; public servants; as well as religious leaders etc.’’