The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has accused the federal government of not taking the demands of the union seriously.
Speaking on Wednesday, Osodeke stated that the strike by the union members can end in one or two days only if the Nigerian government does the needful.
He alleged that the strike has lingered because the government is simply unwilling to meet the demands of ASUU.
Speaking on the decision of the government through the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige to drag the striking lecturers to court, Osodeke slammed the government saying its action is a wrong move done in bad faith.
“All Nigerians can see that the government is not interested in resolving the issues. Like I have said, these issues can be resolved in just one or two days.
“But they are playing with everything. Why will a minister of labour be going to court when the pro-chancellors are having interaction with the president who promised to get back.
“If you force lecturers to class, how are you sure you will have the best of teaching and research? This can be resolved in one day if the federal government is interested,” the ASUU president maintained during an interview with Arise TV.
Naija News reports ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over unresolved issues with the federal government of Nigeria.
Buhari Govt Backtracks On Reopening Universities
The Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has withdrawn its circular which ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils to re-open federal universities.
Naija News reports that the Buhari Government gave the new directive on Monday afternoon through the National Universities Commission.
Recall that the NUC had earlier directed Vice Chancellors to immediately re-open all public Universities and allow students to go back to classes.
The Commission had given the order in a letter approved by the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Abubakar Rasheed.
But in another circular tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was also signed by the Director, Finance and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi, the commission withdrew the order without giving an explanation.