Striking university teachers in the Benin Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have called on all well-meaning Nigerians to wake up and join the union to save the remnants of the country’s education system.
Speaking in Benin on Monday, the Zone Coordinator, ASUU-Benin Zone, Prof. Fred Esumeh pleaded with Nigerians from all walks of life to join ASUU in saving the dying university system.
Professor Esumeh has justified the 57-day strike, insisting it aims to reposition universities to be globally competitive and capable of producing the workforce needed to kick-start the re-emergence of power technological and economical.
He pleaded, “We call on all well-meaning Nigerians, students, workers, civil society organizations to wake up and join ASUU in saving what is left of the country by repositioning universities to be competitive in the future. scale and capable of producing the manpower needed to jump-start re-emergence as a global technological and economic power.
“On the 14th, ASUU, after more than a calendar year of exploring all available and legitimate means in its efforts to compel.”
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Citing the federal government’s refusal to honor the terms of the memorandum of action it signed with the union in December 2020, the union had, on February 14, 2022, declared a four-week national strike extension.
The ASUU then extended the strike for another eight weeks to give the federal government more than enough time to comprehensively settle the union’s patriotic demand.
Professor Esumeh accused government officials of continually playing with the future of Nigerian children, students and the nation.
The trade unionist lamented that 57 days after the students were dismissed from the institutions, the resolution of the main outstanding issues of the deployment of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and the signing and implementation of the FGN agreement -ASUU from 2009 remained on the agenda. level of mere proposals, vain and vain assurances.
He added: “These are issues that could have been adequately resolved in a matter of weeks by any well-intentioned and serious government.”
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