The Academy Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may again embark on another industrial action just three months after they suspend their nine months old strike in the recent year as the federal government insist that all their demand can not be met now
ASUU who recently issue that another industrial action is looming if the government failed to met all their demand as per agreement made in December 2020 which led to the suspension of the long run strike
While speaking in an interview with newsmen, Minister for education Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba criticised the union’s plan to embark on another industrial action, saying it is a disservice to the students.
The minister said as the government is managing the country and life of over 200 million Nigerian with daily earn of $70 million, it’s will be very difficult to met all demand of ASUU
“Whoever is conceiving a strike after being on a strike for close to one year is damaging the studentship because government is a continuum. Even if we are not in power today, another government, as the case may be, will be there.
“Whoever is in power will continue to engage with any union. But that shouldn’t stop the country from functioning because the rest of the country are the ones you put at risk.
“I have never supported strikes. However, I believe people should press for their demands as responsibly as possible. It is the responsibility of the government to continue to engage them.”
“I’m sure you’re aware of the revenue base of the country — 1.5 million barrels are sold. It is difficult to run the lives of over 200 million people with less than $70m a day in earnings. It is amazing that the President has managed to keep the country afloat.”
However, the minister’s statement may left the Union no choice but to prompt lecturers to embark on another strike as the he said “their demand depend on their style” when ask if the Union should be patient with the government
It depends on the style of the demands; some of them are what the government can do now, some can be what the government can do later.
Meanwhile, University of Ibadan branch, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, recently asked Nigerians to blame the Federal Government if universities are shut down again.