BREAKING: ASUU Reacts To FG’s ‘No Work No Pay’ Rule – Main News

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu) has described the federal government’s “no work, no pay” policy on striking university lecturers as shameless.

The federal government had ordered all Vice Chancellors to implement the directive following the strike embarked on by the university teachers.

However, the Asuu Chairman at the University of Ibadan Deji Omole has said members of the union would not be intimidated by the government’s move.

“We have passed this road before. It is a familiar terrain which we can navigate with our eyes closed,” Omole told Daily Post.

“We shall triumph any attempt to destroy the common patrimony. The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.”

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Federal Govt begs ASUU to make sacrifice, suspend strike in nation’s interest

THE Federal Government has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to make a sacrifice and suspend its on-going industrial action in the interest of the nation.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote; who has been at the centre of the efforts to resolve the crisis, appealed the members of ASUU to make some sacrifices as parents to secure the future of Nigeria children.

Mrs Odusote made the appeal while addressing the delegates of the African Students Union Parliament (ASUP), led by its Speaker Kewul Abel in Abuja on Tuesday.

The ASUP delegation was on a courtesy visit to the permanent secretary; where they honour and presented her with the Pan African Leadership Award for Excellence.

The permanent secretary said: “I am appealing to ASUU members, who are also parents, that there are some sacrifices that some people have to make so that the future of our children can be secured. If our children are sitting at home at a critical time like this, with the year coming to an end, and the nation preparing for a national election. The tendencies that they will start running into political groups for vices engagement are high.”

“Therefore, it is in the national interest that the on-going industrial action embarked upon by ASUU be amicably resolved through social dialogue for our children to continue their educational pursuit,” The Permanent Secretary said.

Appreciating the African Students Union Parliament for recognising her humble contribution to national development, Mrs Ibukun Odusote said: “I want to thank you for this honour, there are many that have put in hard work and have not had the opportunity of being recognised. I thank God that this is happening and that we can see a day like this.”

Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary attributed her achievements to the contributions and support she enjoyed from members of staff both past and present.

She tasked the student parliamentarian to pay attention to their education so that they can come out in flying colours

In his remarks, the Speaker of the African Students Union Parliament, Kewul Abel said, in recognition of the contributions of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote to national development and vivacious nature fused with remarkable administrative acumen, the students parliament decided to pay her a courtesy visit and present her with the Pan African Leadership Award for Excellence.

ASUU STRIKE: Why ASUU Ongoing Strike Will Continue

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the ongoing strike by the union will continue until the federal government resolves all the issues in contention.

The union embarked on the strike earlier this month over the failure of government to fulfil the content of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union in 2017.

Meanwhile, Asuu Chairman at the University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole, while addressing journalists shortly after a congress on Thursday, said Asuu members would not allow the ruling elite to destroy qualitative education.

He said 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 insinuated that a situation whereby two members on the FG team were pursuing their private university licenses indicated they would not favour funding of public education.

He maintained that the strike was borne out of a genuine and patriotic commitment to ensure a better future for children of the masses and that of Nigeria.

Omole, therefore, dismissed the allegation being bandied by the government that the strike was political.

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