The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has joined the ongoing nationwide strike which was declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) last week.

According to the chairman of ASUU in FUTO, all academic activities and non-academic activities have been put on hold till the demands of the Union are met by the Federal Government.

In his words to journalists when he was interviewed  on the sidelines of an enforcement rally by the unionists, the chairman of ASUU in FUTO, Christopher Echereobia expressed his displeasure at the way the Federal Government has been handling educational matters and underfunding the education sector stating that it shows that the Federal Government is less concerned about the nation’s public education system.

He also confirmed that the Union also declared a “no teaching, no examination, no attendance to statutory meetings” until its demands are met by the Federal Government.

Echereobia also said that it was unfortunate that the government was sabotaging the country’s education sector rather than trying to improve it.

Below is an extract of his statement to newsmen;

“We demand the provision of a platform by the federal and for ASUU to engage governors on the proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in the affairs of state universities.”

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