The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called on parents and student to consider as fake news, the report which earlier stated that the striking lecturers have bow to pressure.
The Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday told students and their parents not to expect suspension of ongoing strike by its members soon, advising lecturers to seek alternative means of survival.
The union’s Abuja Zonal Coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, who stated this at a briefing at the University of Abuja campus, vowed to press home with the strike until government bowed to its demands.
It accused the government of not showing commitment in resolving the issues that necessitated the ongoing industrial action.
The union stated: “Today, we wish to let Nigerians, especially our students and parents know that there is no hope in sight to ending or suspending the ASUU strike that has lingered for several months as government is yet to show serious commitment towards addressing our core demands.
According to an earlier report on social media, ASUU has shifted ground from its initial demands in the interests of Nigerian students who have spent over 7 months at home.
In a statement that was attributed to the Lagos Zonal Coordinator of ASUU Prof. Olusoji Sowande and made available to newsmen, ASUU have dumped their initial insistence that the government must release one tranche of N220 billion revitalization fund and is now demanding for 50% of one tranche (N110 billion). This should be considered fake and does not represent the unanimous decision of ASUU.
In the earlier report, it was said that the union latest demand is just for the government to show its commitment to revitalization of the public universities in the country.
The chairman while addressing news mean said, “In the interest of our students who have been at home for seven months, our union has shifted ground from the initial insistence of a release of one tranche of N220 billion revitalization fund to demand for 50% of one tranche (N110 billion) for government to show its commitment to revitalization of our universities.
“This is a major reason the government has not been able to return to negotiation with our union in the last two weeks,” the statement read in part.”
The union appealed to parents and students to understand that its current struggle is patriotic and that their sacrifice for the survival of Nigerian public universities is unparalleled.