The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has vowed not to return to class until its demands are; met.
This was; contained in a statement by the union’s national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, on Sunday. The strike which began on November 5, is now in its fourth week.
Ten days after the declaration of the strike, the first meeting between the Nigerian government; and the lecturers ended without resolution of the dispute.
After the meeting, Ogunyemi said the government appears insincere in relating with the lecturers. In his statement on Sunday, he said the Academic Staff union “struggle is still alive,” and that the strike would continue.
We met with the Honourable Minister of Education in line with our tradition to honour all invitations with openness to meaningful discussion of issues contained in our demand, so far, nothing concrete has come out of the meetings; rather it is still a projection of their ‘keep-them talking’ culture.
Our members are enjoined to disregard any information from any source other than the official union source which is the branch chairperson,” he said.
Ogunyemi also warned university authorities against undermining the “strike by organising or attending meetings, examinations, lectures, convocations; conferences or other activities during the strike.
Our commitment and integrity are the basis of our pride as Academics. We must avoid actions that undermine our struggle.