ASUU strike: You’re taking Nigerians for granted with negotiation – Group to FG

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According to workers affiliated with the All Workers Convergence (AWC) platform, the Federal Government is treating Nigerians as if they are disposable in the way it is managing the contract negotiations with university professors.

On Wednesday, the group disclosed this information.

There have reportedly been numerous conversations between the administration and the lecturers, who are represented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), since their indefinite strike began in February of this year.

The group claimed that the administration ignored Nigerians.

Comrade Andrew Emelieze, the National Coordinator of AWC, spoke on behalf of his colleagues and claimed that the government was not demonstrating any signs of seriousness to addressing the problem.

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In a statement, Emelieze argued that the administration was attempting to bulldoze its way through various tactics of intimidation rather than finding ways to keep its commitments.

He said, “No sane society will tolerate what we are accepting in Nigeria. While Nigerians patiently wait for the resolution of the lingering ASUU strike, we are surprised that our government is not showing any sign of commitment toward the resolution of the crisis; instead, the government is trying to bulldoze her way through different forms of intimidation, thus acting like a bully.

“Our government has been embarrassing herself through the unnecessary blackmail of ASUU and the unpopular court assertion that is being used to wanting to bully ASUU.

“What government does not know is that no responsible government will allow its ivory towers to be shut down for almost eight months. Our government is taking Nigerians for granted, and they are taking liberty for licence; the closure of our universities for this long is enough to steer a revolution.

“The way government has handled the ASUU strike has fully shown that government in Nigeria is a total failure and that nothing good can come from this government. Sometimes one is also compelled to believe that government is deliberately prolonging the strike in order to kill public education in Nigeria.

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“We have acted as if this struggle was for university lectures alone. ASUU has fough a good fight so far, it is time we all fully get involved in the struggle to rescue our education system. The response from government has shown that our government is not ready to resolve the ASUU strike and meet up with the geunine and legitimate demands of ASUU”.

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