The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said universities in the country will not reopen until the Federal Government honours the agreement it struck with the union.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking at a town hall meeting, in the University of Ilorin, insisted that the government must honour the agreement, before announcing the reopening of universities in the country.
Prof. Ogunyemi said that if the government refuses to negotiate the 2009 agreement signed by both parties; the union would be forced to unfold its next agenda.
“I think it is better we wait. When we get to the 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,” he stated.
The ASUU boss further hinted that some of the union’s demands include funding of university education, which the government had failed to honour in the last 10 years.
“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 bad as that,” he said.
ASUU, on Monday, 23 March, 2020, was forced to embark on strike, in what it term government total neglect to the university education in Nigeria.
Also the strike became imminent as a result of non-payment of their workers who failed to enroll into the federal government’s IPPIS, payroll software mandated for all public officials.