The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to join forces with the union in forcing the Federal Government to fulfill its responsibilities in the education sector.
Daily Post News reports that the union, while reacting to a statement by Suleiman Sarki, who spoke on behalf of C Zone of NANS that the ASUU was selfish, stated that though the students have right to their opinion but they should always get their facts right.
ASUU, in a statement released on Monday by Dr. Ade Adejumo, described the statement credited to Sarki as “rather unfortunate” riddled with lies and cheap propaganda aimed at blackmailing the union.
“In the said statement, ASUU is painted as selfish, fighting only for the benefits of its members. This is rather unfortunate. The statement is riddled with lies and cheap propaganda aimed at blackmailing our union.
“To start with, in all our statements, there was no where that ASUU vowed not to return to the negotiation table with the government. Indeed, it is part of our union’s practice not to turn down invitation from government during a crisis like the current one. It is saddening that an official of the students’ body will lend himself to usage for such cheap propaganda.
“There is also the insinuation that what ASUU tells the public is different from what they present at the negotiations table. ASUU is too careful to be so cheaply blackmailed.
“The students have the right to stage public protests over any national issue, but they should get their facts right. They should join forces with a patriotic union like ASUU in forcing government to the part of responsibility rather than being deployed as a counter force to our union. This is the only path to a quick resolution of the impasse,” part of the statement read.
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