ASUU justifies strike, accuses Ngige of blackmail


The Academic Staff Union of
Universities has called on the Minister
for Labour and Employment , Dr Chris
Ngige , to desist from cheap blackmail
in the handling of the ongoing strike
called by the union .
The President of the union , Prof .
Biodun Ogunyemi, in a bulletin on the
strike, asked members of the union to
disregard the comment by the minister
that the strike was illegal .
He said , “ Our national struggle to
revitalise the Nigerian university
system is comprehensive and total.
Remain resolute and steadfast as
victory is certain. ”
Also, the ASUU Chairman at the
University of Ibadan , Dr Deji Omole,
who condemned the tactics employed
by the Federal Government over the
demands of the union , said it was
deceitful for the minister to insinuate
that the N23 bn earned allowances,
which the Federal Government
promised to pay soon, were only for
lecturers.
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He said the earned allowances were
for both deserving academic and non -
academic staff , stressing that it was too
early for Ngige to embark on
blackmail.
Omole said the union was more
interested in enduring legacies to
reposition public education in the
country through adequate funding of
public education , which the present
government had failed to prioritise .

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