The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal Government of using the ravaging hunger from the Covid-19 over University lecturers
The Union board said if the government used the activeness and determination with which it is using in addressing the current health sector pandemic, the ongoing strike wouldn’t not had started , more or less of staying long.
Nigerians having been complaining of hunger and hardship caused by the nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi,The National President, said if the government used the same activeness and responsibility to address the problem in the education sector, the strike would not stand at all after the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
He stated, “The government has compounded the issue. In the last two months, our members in the federal universities have not been paid. You withheld people’s salaries and think such people would gladly go back?
“At a time you’re talking of palliatives, you are denying thousands of families their sources of livelihood and you think you’re solving a problem, you’ve declared war against your intellectuals.’’
“So, it’s like the government of the day has declared war against ASUU and members. Nobody is talking of the welfare of these families that have been thrown into disarray in the face of lockdown. People are helpless and can’t go anywhere, and you’re using hunger as a weapon of war against them, it is genocide.
“We believe that now that there is emergency in the health sector, there is also an emergency in the education sector. So when we finish with the health sector, we will come back to the education sector. But if we had told them that there was no problem, it means that everybody can go to sleep after addressing the emergency in the health sector.
“So we have put it on the table so that government, parents and all other stakeholders, including our students, would know that after solving the current issue in the health sector, we should also come together and address the problem in the education sector. So that is the sense in that strike action.
“Returning to class is not a big issue at all given the decisiveness and determination with which we address the current health sector crisis.”
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