The Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated that it will not back down in its efforts to sanitize the university system in the country, especially in the area of the welfare of its members.
The National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to him, no meaningful development will be achieved if government fails to put issues concerning education on the front burner for global reckoning and competitiveness.
Ogunyemi said that government’s disposition to the development of education in the country, especially the university system, was becoming worrisome.
“We are very saddened by the way the government is handling the various agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it has entered into with us.
“We have remained focused and committed on our part to ensure that we keep our own side of the bargain, just as we have equally been patient.
“Now, in the face of all these, we still discover that government seems not bothered about what might happen, and that is why we are stating categorically that we will not hesitate to take necessary action to get government to understand us in our struggle to revitalize our universities.
“It is on this premise that we are calling on government to take immediate and active steps to restore the much needed sanity in our university system as well as the process of renegotiation with the union, to avert any possible act that could disrupt the academic calendar of Nigerian universities,’’ he said.
He said that just like the Nigeria Labour Congress, the union would not be held accountable for any action it may take, should government fail to do the needful.
According to him, the NLC had been calling on government to improve the wages of Nigerian workers, having reached several agreements with it, which he said, is similar to that of ASUU.”