According to Punch, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the letters of notification of strike action, which it wrote to the Ministries of Education and Labor and Employment, have not been replied by either Ministry since Monday, Nov. 5 2018, when it resumed its strike.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, President of ASUU, made this known while speaking to pressmen on Monday. He allegedly said “the ruling class did not want quality education for the children of the poor.”
“We wrote to inform that we had resumed our strike. We also told them we suspended the strike initially in Sep. 1017 and we decided to resume it because the Federal Government failed to implement the key areas in the Memorandum of Action that we both signed.
“We wrote to the ministries of education and labor and employment. They signed the copies we gave them, but they have not written to say that they saw our letters.
“The logic is clear to us in ASUU. The political class in Nigeria has strangled primary and secondary education in Nigeria. For example, as many as 24 states have failed to access the Universal Basic Education Commission funds for 2018. That has left UBEC with over N60bn that states failed to access.
“In the last two years, the government has been giving seven percent to education in the budget. Suddenly this year, they woke up and said they would declare a state of emergency in the education sector and give fifteen percent. Who are they deceiving? This is an election season and nobody can promise anything.
“So, what our union has concluded is that the ruling class in Nigeria do not care about the education of the poor.”
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