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Welcome to the Naijatrends compilation of the latest news on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for today, 15th July 2022.
Naijatrends reports that university lecturers have been on strike since February 14, 2022, over unresolved issues with the federal government. The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke has accused the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige of lying to President Muhammadu Buhari about the status of negotiations with the union.
Speaking on Thursday about the lingering ASUU strike during an appearance on a Channels Television interview program, Osodeke said Ngige must have been feeding the President fake information.
According to the ASUU president, if President Buhari had been getting the truth about the negotiations between the union and the government, he wouldn’t have issued the ‘enough is enough’ statement in which he charge the striking University lecturers to return to work.
Osodeke also stated that the figures the government is peddling as what ASUU is demanding are not true, stating that they didn’t give such figures during their negotiations.
The Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has lamented the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), calling for urgent action to resolve the issue.
Kalu in a personally signed statement on the matter said incessant strike encourages brain drain and contributes significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the Country.
He, therefore, urged the federal government to engage ASUU appropriately with a few to find a lasting solution to the strike action which has kept the doors of the nation’s public universities locked and the students at home since February 2022.
Kalu in his statement on Wednesday asked the federal government to implement the signed agreement with ASUU in the interest of the nation and the future of the students.
Bishop Kukah Speaks On Lingering ASUU Strike
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, has condemned the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The revered cleric stated it is highly unacceptable that students have been at home for four months and the gates of Nigerian Universities still remain closed.
Kukah said it is quite sad that the strike has lasted this long and does not speak well of the democracy that the country practices.
The cleric said that democracy has always given the people a platform for negotiation, consensus, and several other means for solving such issues that exist between the government and the authorities of the various universities.