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Monday, 26 August 2013

Strike: Let The Govt Do The Right Thing, Then We Will Return To Work -ASUU

ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge
ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that unless the Federal Government changes its tactics and do the right thing, universities in the country will remain shut “as long as they continue with the deception.”
ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge, reacting to the directive by the Federal Government that the striking lecturers should return to classrooms, said such order should not be taken seriously.
He said that the union has had enough of such “deception from IBB, to Abacha, Obasanjo and now President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Fagge insisted that the Federal Government had an agreement with ASUU in 2009 and that it was that agreement the union is asking the government to implement.
He said: “I think when two people sit down and talk, they should be bound by the agreement. Let government change its tactics and do the right thing, then we will return to work.”

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim had on Friday last week while addressing the Chairmen of Governing Councils and Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities directed ASUU to return to work while pending issues are being resolved.
The directive was against the backdrop of reports credited to ASUU leadership that it would discontinue talks with the government.
ASUU began its current strike on July 1 following failure of government to implement a 2009 agreement on public universities funding between the two parties.
However, ASUU President, told Nigerian Tribune in Abuja that the union was not averse to further discussion with the government but that “the right thing must be done.”

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