“Education is Not a Priority to FG” – ASUU Reveals Why Strike Lingers

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has been accused of making education a priority is why it has refused to address issues raised by striking workers.

The National of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi made this known during a Channels Television interview.

He explained was always focusing the salary aspect of demands, forgetting the protracted issues of funding, autonomy, and conducive environments for learning and working.

“Do we still have primary schools? Do we still have secondary schools? Let us acknowledge what ASUU has brought to the system.

“But for ASUU, universities would have collapsed totally. The government does education as a priority.

“We have schools without seats, we have laboratories without equipment and some use kerosene stoves as Bunsen burners.

“We our universities to grow this country; we our universities to innovate and develop this country.

“So funding the university system is a waste, but an investment,” Ogunyemi said.

Asked about the fate of students who have been home for over eight months due to the action, Ogunyemi said,

“Each time people talk about this problem (strikes) as being there for long, they don’t also appreciate the solutions we have brought to the system.

“We have kept the system going. But for ASUU interventions, we would no longer have universities today.

“Parents and students should understand we want to bring the universities to the level where they would be proud of certificates.”