ASUU: Stakeholders back strike, ask President to secure the future of youth



Stakeholders in the education sector on Friday backed the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

This was made known by the Stakeholders at the engagement programme organised by the Ibadan Zone of ASUU held at the University Of Ibadan Conference Centre to brief stakeholders on the reasons ASUU embarked on the current strike and ask for suggestions from the public.

Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Professor Ade Adejumo represented by ASUU former National Treasurer Professor Ademola Aremu in his opening remarks, lamented that the plan of government was for the children of the masses to continue to serve their own children who are educated abroad by deliberating under-funding public university education.

According to Prof Aremu, federal government has not been faithful towards fulfilling the agreements it reached with the union but only ” prefer to allocate more funds for the executives and the legislative arm of government.”

He told the stakeholders that ASUU was fighting for the interest of children of the masses and the future of the country knowing that an uneducated child will become terror to the country.

Prof Aremu stressed that the ongoing “ASUU strike is focused on funding for the revitalization of public universities as contained in the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Understanding of 2012 & 2013 and the Memorandum of Action of 2017 and 2019; payment of arrears and mainstreaming of Earned academic allowances; renegotiation of 2009 agreement, constitution of visitation panels to universities, and remittance of withheld third-party deductions from ASUU members.

Student Union Government President, University of Ibadan, Segun Akeju in his contribution supported the Union on the strike for the revitalisation of universities and urged ASUU to carry students along in their strikes.

Present at the engagement was Chairman University of Ibadan ASUU, Professor Ayo Akinwole, Professor Moyo Ajao (UNILORIN), Dr Biodun Olaniran (LAUTECH), Dr Femi Abanikanda (UNIOSUN), Dr Adesola Dauda (KWASU), and Dr Dele Ashiru (UNILAG).

Taking the stakeholders through the journey of ASUU strike, Aremu noted that ASUU was fighting for the interest of children of the masses and the future of the country knowing full well that an uneducated child will become terror to the country.

He stated that federal government has not been faithful towards fulfilling the agreements it reached with the Union but prefer to allocate more funds for the executives and the legislative arm of government.

The former ASUU National Treasurer informed the stakeholders that ASUU’s strike is focused on funding for the revitalization of public universities as contained in the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Understanding of 2012 & 2013 and the Memorandum of Action of 2017 and 2019; payment of arrears and mainstreaming of Earned academic allowances; renegotiation of 2009 agreement, constitution of visitation panels to universities, and remittance of withheld third-party deductions from ASUU members.

While contributing, Student Union Government President, University of Ibadan, Segun Akeju while supporting the Union on the strike for the revitalisation of universities also urged the Union to carry students along in their strikes.

He noted that there is no how the strike will not affect the students but asked that the Union ensure that the strike achieves the reasons for going on the strike.

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