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Why We Called Off Strike – Biodun Ogunyemi

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi. Photo: Lagos Television
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi. Photo: Lagos Television

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has suspended the three months old industrial action the union declared on the 5th of November, 2018.

ASUU suspended the strike after a memorandum of action it reached with the Federal Government towards the revitalisation of public universities.

However, the President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi who announced the susoension, said that the union had embarked on the industrial action to stem the continued slide into rot and decay in public universities since the 1980s.

He also condemned the unpatriotic attitudes of some university vice chancellors whom he said tried to undermine the union’s struggle towards ensuring that universities in the country are revitalised.

“ASUU will not shy away from taking headlong those Vice Chancellors who are reputed for acts of impunity, nepotism and other forms of conduct which are antithetic to university culture and the progressive development of our universities.

“Our union will compile all their shenanigans and forward them to relevant authorities for further action.

“Finally, ASUU acknowledges the understanding and support demonstrated by patriotic Nigerian students and their parents all through the strike period.

“We equally appreciate the comradely assistance from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), represented by the newly re-elected President, Comrade Ayuba Waba, who has stood by us throughout the struggle,” Ogunyemi stated in a statement.

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