Following the ongoing strike by the Academic staff union of Universities (ASUU) which has now spanned 16 weeks, the Union president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has revealed that the Union will continue the struggle until it reaches victory.
The Union disclosed this in a statement signed by its Chairman, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, dated 17th of June 2022, obtained by CAMPUS REPORTER.
The statement read: “As the struggle continues, members are commended for their commitment and steadfastness in the patriotic struggle for the survival of the University system in our county.”
The statement further applauded the members for keeping faith with the Union in spite of the hardship imposed on their families as a result of the stoppage of salaries.
Furthermore, the statement disclosed that the Union has resolved and forced the government to sit down and negotiate with them, having had five meetings with the Federal Government team and two meetings with the Minister of Education.
Similarly, the Union revealed that the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement is progressing smoothly and has gotten to an advanced stage, noting that they will remain focused to the end of the struggle.
The Union disclosed that the UTAS had been tested 3 times, NITDA had tested UTAS and UsPS and will start testing IPPIS next week.
“We are undeterred by the antics of some government officials.
“It is clear that hunger, misinformation, distortion of facts, intimidation and other sundry acts of arm-twisting have failed to break our resolve to date; they should not break us now.”
However, the Union urged students to ignore fake news and divisive information emanating from social media as well as a section of the press and implored those in doubt over any issue, to contact the Chairperson for correct information.
“We are at the threshold of victory as keeping faith with the Union is the only way to be victorious. A united people can never be defeated.”
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