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ASUU send strong warning to NANS over lingering strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has extended a strong warning to the student body, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) president regarding the lingering strike.
In a statement by the group’s president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, noted that the union did not request students’ help before it began the strike.
Recalls that NANS leader, Sunday Asefon, had disclosed that students would no longer throw their support behind the union or call for intervention.
He further said the ASUU is self-serving.
The prof who Reacted over the comment by the students’ leadership during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, said students who have been kept at home because of the industrial action had not supported the union’s struggle.
In his words: “Any day students and parents take over this struggle, ASUU body will not have this problem. Had they supported any of our struggles apart from going from one office to another? So leave that alone. Go and ask students in the street, not those leaders.
“What are we saying? Are our universities good? The public primary and secondary schools are dead but the teachers didn’t fight. As I speak with you, even with what we have now, we still have 99% of students in public universities because of our struggle. And students will say ‘we are not supporting you.’ Did we ask for your support when we started this struggle?”
“One, the government should tell Nigerians and us that the money alleged to have been approved for revitalization. How much is it and where is it lodged, and when will it be released?
“Two, UTAS as means of paying salary, have they approved that? Three, have they accepted the agreement we reached with their panel? They should come and tell us this not just going to press.” ASUU President added.
The continued strike has since lasted five months, despite calls by students and parents for government to hasten the agreement process with the union so schools would resume urgently.