|Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke and some other Asuu members|
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has stated that the union is eager to end its seven-month strike.
Osodeke, on the other hand, made it clear that this couldn’t happen without formal agreements with the Federal Government.
The promise was made by Osodeke on Thursday at a National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education in Abuja titled “The Locked Gates of Our Citadels: A National Emergency.”
More than seven months have passed since the union began industrial action on February 14, at which point all public colleges in the country were closed.
In an effort to bring an end to the strike, the federal government has recently filed suit against ASUU in the industrial court.
“On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on the issue of revitalisation, on the issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed.
” We negotiated and agreed that they should sign and this is very simple, not more than one day.
” On UTAS and IPPIS , we say release the report of the test you did and let’s look at the one who came first and take it as we agreed.
” So we have given them the minimum we want and we have to come down and they can do it in one day if there is a will,” he said.
Since tllhe Federal Government has not yet put up its proposal, Osodeke stated that negotiations may take place if the government was willing
“If the government loves this country, these children and their parents, then they should come to the table and let us resolve these issues in one day.
“Just as we did in 2014, they should come and ensure that we do that, we can even have the meeting openly so that Nigeria will see what we are discussing,” he said.
The ASUU president is upset that the strike has gone on for so long, which has led the government to sue the union in court.
According to him, filing suit against the union would only make things worse for students and higher education in the country.
He warned that students would be the ones to suffer if the court ordered the professors back to class against their will and that they would not be compelled to teach with an open mind.
Osodeke praised the intervention of the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Pro Vice Chancellors to address the problems.
Instead of criticizing the union, he encouraged parents and students to lobby the government into ending the strike.
Save Public Education Campaign’s leader, Ms. Vivian Bello, has asked the union and the students to work out their differences. She pointed out that the union is just as affected as the students.
For the sake of the students and the progress of education in the country, Bello argued, “it behooves on both sides to bring an end to the situation forever.”
The unions went on strike because of disagreements over several sensitive issues, including the publishing of a white paper for the visitation panel, the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, and the release of the revitalization money.
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