The National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has sympathised with University students over the prolonged strike by the union.
Prof. Osodeke made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, 26 May, in Ota.
He said this in reaction to the N34 billion released by the Federal Government for payment of minimum wage consequential adjustment.
Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over implementation of various labour agreements signed with the Federal government between 2009 and 2020. And the Federal government had on Tuesday 23 May, released N34 billion for the payment of consequential adjustment for minimum wage of workers in the education system.
Prof. Osodeke said the students were not being punished, but paying the price for Nigeria’s future to ensure that Nigeria has a good education system.
According to Prof. Osodeke: “ASUU sympathises with them, and we believe that with what is going on, if we continue with the struggle, we will have an education system where Nigerian students will have the same lecture rooms with their foreign counterparts,”
The ASUU president said there was no need to call off the strike when the federal government had not attended to their demands.
He, therefore, called on the Federal government to do the needful as the N34 billion released was not part of their demands.