The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has said that the Federal Government needs to change the head of the negotiating panel of FG in the person of Dr Babalakin. This information was disclosed by the ASUU Chairman of the University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole while he was speaking with newsmen.
Although ASUU has promised to continue negotiating with FG till an acceptable agreement is reached, the Union has insisted that for the negotiation to continue and for the negotiation to be successful, there is a need for the Federal Government to find a replacement for the head of the FG negotiating team.
It will be recalled that ASUU started the strike weeks ago and it took about ten days for the Federal Government to initiate a meeting with the Union and although the meeting ended in a deadlock without any concrete agreement, the head of the FG negotiating team, Dr Babalakin said in an interview that the Union is having talks with the Government to create an education bank for students, ASUU, however, released a statement denying having any talks with the government to create education bank.
While addressing newsmen, the ASUU Chairman of the University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole while after a congress of the union on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, said ASUU members will not allow the ruling administration and the rich to destroy the heritage of the poor, which is qualitative education.
Omole explained that the union had rejected Dr Wale Babalakin, who is the head of the Federal Government team because he is pursuing a private university license and will do everything to jeopardize public education funding.
He further explained 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.
He, therefore, dismissed the allegation being bandied by the government that the strike was political.
“How can our strike be political when there are matters that you as governor signed into and you failed to fulfil 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?
“We rejected Dr Wale Babalakin because he is an interested party pursuing a private university license and will do everything to jeopardize public education funding”
“Our leadership has shown consistent disrespect for agreements and this is why they can no longer be trusted by our union.”
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