The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the ongoing strike by the union will continue until the federal government resolves all the issues in contention.
The union, NVNAIJA recalls had two weeks ago declared an indefinite strike over failure of the federal government to fulfill the content of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union in 2017.
But, ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole while addressing journalists shortly after a congress of the union on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, said ASUU members will not allow the ruling elite to destroy the heritage of the poor, which is qualitative education.
Omole said that the union had rejected Dr. Wale Babalakin, who is the leader of Federal Government team because “he is an interested party pursuing a private university license and will do everything to jeopardize public education funding”.
Omole noted that a situation whereby two members in the FG team were pursuing their private university licenses indicated they will not favour funding of public education.
He maintained that the strike was borne out of genuine and patriotic commitment to ensure a better future for children of the masses and that of Nigeria.
He, therefore, dismissed the allegation being bandied by the government that the strike was political.
Omole said, “How can our strike be political when there are matters that you as government signed into and you failed to fulfill your promises?
“To us, it is the Federal government that is being political with the truth by becoming untrustworthy. How can the President and his Vice be asking Nigerian universities to become one of the leading universities of the world without making the same commitments responsive and responsible governments in the world are making to education?
“Our leadership has shown consistent disrespect for agreements and this is why they can no longer be trusted by our union.”