The on going strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, is in its third week, with the union accusing the federal government of failure to implement agreement and promises made to them.
The chairman of the ASUU chapter at the University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, who made the disclosure on a radio programme monitored in Ibadan, said the Federal Government could end the strike by implementing the agreement it reached with the union.
He said ASUU strike was simply necessitated by former and incumbent government’s failure to fulfill promises made, claiming the union was fighting for posterity.
The ASUU chairman also reiterated their commitment to negotiate with the government and find a common ground which will lead to the problem been resolved.
“ASUU has never run away from negotiation. The issue in contention is about implementation and not negotiation as being peddled by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.
“It is sad that successive governments, including the incumbent, failed to realise that funding education is an investment which can bring about enduring positive change in the country,” said Omole.
He added that the union would continue to fight until federal government wakes up to its responsibilities.
Omole stated, “When you reach an agreement, you must implement it. Why are we celebrating the Sallah festival? It is because someone promised to sacrifice his son to God and decided to fulfil his promise. God replaced the sacrifice with a ram and that is why we are celebrating.
“Jesus Christ also promised to die for the sin of the world and he came to fulfil that promise.
“Why will government not fulfil the promises contained in the signed agreement? Government should see education as an investment. The products will come out to change society.
“If our universities are properly funded, we can conduct cutting-edge research that can take us out of recession. What we are simply saying is that FG should use public funds to fund public education.”