News: Support mounts for ASUU strike as split emerges in ranks

From left: Former President of the  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Nasir Isa; President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi; and the Vice President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, at a news conference on the state of the nation in Abuja on Monday (14/8/17).
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The senator representing Kaduna Central District, Shehu Sani, has expressed support for the strike announced by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Monday.

Mr. Sani, who was once a unionist before he became a lawmaker, expressed his support in a Facebook post.

Members of ASUU had publicly announced their decision to embark on an indefinite strike at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.

In the post, shortly after the announcement by ASUU’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi, Mr. Sani urged the executive arm of government to accede to ASUU’s demands.

“First, I wholeheartedly support ASUU strike. Secondly, I call on the executive to dialogue and meet up the demands of the Union. Thirdly, the need to declare emergency on the state of public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education is now.”

He condemned leaders in Nigeria who send their children to schools abroad while ‘public high institutions in the country are left in bad state.’

“If you don’t see anything wrong when leaders flash the images of their children’s (wards) matriculation or graduation ceremonies in some of the world’s most prestigious or elitist universities, you shouldn’t see anything wrong with ASUU strike and demand for a better deal for Nigerian Universities,” the lawmaker said.

“Giving some children the best of education and denying some children same is aimed at entrenching and sustaining a political, social and economic dynasty of class order,” he added.


Shehu Sani [Source: Deltabreed]

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The Supreme Court later ordered the reinstatement of the sacked lecturers in 2009, but unionism has ebbed since then.

Also, a lecturer at the Bayero University, BUK, Kano, Muhsin Ibrahim, said lectures are ongoing despite the national strike.

Mr. Ibrahim told PREMIUM TIMES that BUK was not on strike.

“As I am talking to you now we are yet to receive directive from the leadership of ASUU in BUK to embark on strike. Lectures are ongoing at the university,” he said.

“What I received is a text message to attend congress meeting on Wednesday by 10 am to deliberate on reports from Abuja emergency NEC meeting,’’ he added.

He lamented the needless suffering meted on students by such strikes.

The branch chairman of the chapter, Ibrahim Barde, however contradicted the lecturer’s submission saying that the school would be joining the strike.

“BUK is solidly in support of the strike. It would be declared during congress meeting on Wednesday,” he said.

Bayero University has played a key role in past strike actions by the union.

The immediate past president of ASUU, Nasir Fagge, who led the union’s team during the 2009 negotiation with the federal government, is a member of staff in the institution.
  
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