The ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Prof. Akinwole Ayoola, said that the Federal Government’s claims were lies. The union stated that all its chapters that started the over six-month-old strike were still part of the ongoing action and were resolute to get what public universities needed from the government to survive and compete globally.
According to the union, lecturers in Nigerian public universities had been using their blood to run public universities and sustaining it saying that the union will not sacrifice her members’ welfare and will resist any effort to turn intellectuals to slaves of irresponsible leadership.
Ayoola said that Nigerians should disregard the lies of the Federal Government, adding that the Federal Government is far from meeting any of the union’s seven demands. Akinwole disclosed that the 1.1trillion naira for revatilisation of universities was not for lecturers in public universities. He added that the amount was arrived at by the Federal government through her NEEDS Assessment report on the level of decay in Nigerian public universities.
Ayoola who thanked ASUU members for sacrificing and remaining resolute to reposition public varsity education in Nigeria added that irresponsible leadership is the reason for strikes in Nigeria.