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OAU ASUU protests government’s inaction over strike  print

Published on October 21, 2013 by   ·   8 Comments

You may have been reading about Nigerian market women orchestrating a protest against striking university dons or students of the National Association of Nigerian students blocking the Niger Bridge to force ASUU call off the four month old strike.

Now, university teachers, grouped under The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have themselves embarked on a road show to sensitise opinion leaders on the rationale for their strike.

On Monday, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Chapter, in Ile-Ife staged a peaceful protest to decry what it called government’s inaction over the ongoing strike.

The chapter’s Chairman, Prof. Peter Akinola, who led the protest, appealed to the Federal Government to accede to ASUU’s demands to enable the union suspend the industrial action.

Addressing residents at Ooni Okunade Sijuwade’s palace, Akinola said the education sector deserved a better deal.

Also speaking, a member of the union, Prof. Gbolahan Babalola, said the education of Nigerian children was a more critical agenda.

Babalola said the protest was to show the concern of ASUU for undergraduates who had stayed at home for months,.

He called on traditional rulers and other stakeholders to intervene to resolve the impasse.

The Sarun Oodua, Chief Adekola Adeyeye, who represented Sijuwade, commended ASUU over its peaceful conduct and show of concern for students.

Adeyeye said that the Ooni understood that education was the best legacy that any parent or government could bequeath to any Nigerian child.

He gave an assurance that the union’s message would be relayed to the traditional ruler.

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8 Comments for “OAU ASUU protests government’s inaction over strike”

  1. Sunny Akhigbe

    What is happening here? What is all this about UI ASUU going to Bodija Market or OUA ASUU going to Oni’s palace for “sensitisation” rallies? You are on strike, you are on strike! The rallies look ridiculous. Are they tired of being on strike so much so that they are asking for the intervention of traditional rulers? Or is this another way of carrying Gown to Town? I said it right from the beginning that this Fagge-led ASUU is an academic arm of opposition to GEJ’s government. I am yet to be persuaded to the contrary!

    • olakanmi

      You just displayed foolishness in your comment. How on earth will a sane person pass this comment. And I believe people like you are those plunging this country to abyss. And may situation of Nigerian Universities be your portion and your family amen.

    • Angryouth

      Do you need 2 be persuaded to the contrary when you have already parochially played 2 the gallery.more often that not, people like u tend 2 politicize every matter.strike action in Nigeria is a reccurring decimal that cut across all sectors of the economy.ASUU is not the only union on strike now,NARD &ASUP are on strike too.if your theory holds sway,all these unions are opposition to the govt.lo! U are out of tune with reality

  2. OBATOMI OLORUNSHOLA THEOPHILUS

    FG led jonathan has failed in terms “L appatites”. imagine a country with billions of inhabitant begging for employment opportunities,& changing the structure of nigeria institution yet a minister would purchase 2 bulletproof cars for an individual.

  3. OBATOMI OLORUNSHOLA THEOPHILUS

    Yet the aviation sector still clamours for inadequate funding.
    this leadership to an extent is incompetent, incapable, unrealistic, lacks the vision of a true nigeria individual in leadership.

  4. ASUU is now putting the cart before the horse. What they suppose to do first is now coming last. Let them call off their strike and every other things shall follow. Allah bless you as you do that.

  5. Seggy

    Sunny Akhigbe got it all wrong. Government entered into an agreement as far back as 2009 but they have refused to implement it. Yet everybody is blaming ASUU. The government has what it takes to implement that agreement. ASUU has gone on strike to force the government to implement this agreement on a countless number of times. Each time that happens, government makes promises which are never fulfilled. This time around, ASUU decided to go on strike (once and for all) so that government will implement that agreement. I SUPPORT THEM on this.
    We have several billion of dollars in foreign reserves as I speak, yet govt, refused to implement an agreement that could easily be funded without sweat. A Local govt chairman or councilor earns millions of naira and university lecturers (doctorate degree holders, professors, etc) are paid peanuts – what kind of country are we in? The lecturers should continue this bold fight until the federal government listen to the voice of reason.

  6. Augustus

    I employ FG to be firm on this issue even it means using Lagos State Govt approach to medical doctors strike.Threaten them( Asuu) with sack letters.Afterall their are millions Nigerians whom are qualified and waiting to grab their Jobs if such opportunity arises.

    • samuel

      Let me first of all ask u where u attained(nigeria or outside) d certicate with which u want to replace any of d lecturers? If u are a reasonable person whose reasoning has not been perverted to selfishness, u shud know dat all asuu is doing is to remedy d fast collapsing educational sector and to save ur generation from high cost of studies.

  7. Saidu mahmud ahmad

    I support ASUU 100%; how can a minister ( of aviation) use millions of naira just to buy a car and they complaining lack of money to upgrade education. More grease to ur elbow(ASUU). Pls fight untill u save our education from total collapse

  8. To my own point of reasoning i urge asuu to acept ds money n reschedule time 4d colectn of d remainings 4d interest of nigeria pple.

  9. Richard Collins

    Hello, ASUU once said they’ve lost hope in the govt; why then are they continuing the strike. It’s obvious this govt has nothing to offer. Why can’t they call off the strike becos of the students. The students are no longer in support of this strike. Let ASUU collect the 130billion and start another strike if the govt fail to add to it after they must have exhausted the 130billion.

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