Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, has said the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government was notorious for not doing what it has agreed with the academic union.
The Port Harcourt Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Stanley Ogoun, in a statement in Port Harcourt, weekend, noted that the Federal Government’s alleged abandonment of draft renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement affirms the doubt regarding the Federal Government’s commitment to ending the current strike, Vanguard reported.
He stated that the terms of the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, renegotiation of the agreement has been due since 2012 (10 years ago), but that it took the union several years of concerted efforts to bring Federal Government to the renegotiation table in 2017 with Dr. Wale Babalakin as the leader of the Federal Government’s team.
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Ogoun said the Federal Government was not interested in collective bargaining, he lamented the inability of the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, to take proactive steps to prevent the strike.
He said: “Imagine the level of deceitfulness by the minister. A promise to fulfill demands in an election year? We did not embark on strike for over six months geared towards improving our public universities only to come back with mere promissory notes from a government that is notorious for reneging on agreements. I’m sure Nigerians would not forgive us.”
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.