ASUU Refuses to Resume Until FG Meets Demands, Locks up LASU

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SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 14 – The Academic Staff Union of Universities has asked the Federal Government to honour the agreement it had with the union before making any announcement on the reopening of the universities after the COVID-19 pandemic.

It added that it would unfold its next agenda if the Federal Government refused to negotiate the 2009 agreement signed by both parties.

Speaking at a town meeting at the African Hall, the University of Ilorin, the ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, however, declined to reveal the agenda.

Ogunyemi said, “I think it is better we wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then.”

He stated that the union had in March went on strike because of the government’s insensitivity to university education, adding that some of ASUU’s demands included funding of university education, which the government had reneged on in the last 10 years.

Meanwhile, protesting staff of the Lagos State University (LASU) have prevented Olanrewaju Fagboun, the institution’s vice-chancellor, and students from entering the school premises.

The unions involved in the protest are the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

The Lagos state government had directed that academic activities for final year students resume on Monday.

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