ASUU Not Calling Off Strike, Tells FG To Sack Lecturers

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Dec 2nd, 2013 – “We’re Not Calling Off Strike” – ASUU Replies Mass Layoffs Of Lecturers Threat

ASUU officials through their President have released a lengthy press release in response to planned massive layoffs of lecturers that will begin on Wednesday the 4th of December, 2013.

The Federal Government of Nigeria said last week that if the lecturers refused to call off the strike by Wednesday, a mass layoff will commence immediately.

ASUU President, Nasir Fagge Isa spoke at length on the threat this afternoon in a press conference in Abuja.

Isa said ASUU will only bow to what will serve the interest of Nigeria and its people, no matter their ethnic, religious or class origins.

He expressed dismay that a Minister of Education could call for the sack of all academic staff in universities in the country, adding that the government appeared not to have learnt any lesson from the previous regimes of Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sanni Abacha who issued similar threat but failed to subdue the lecturers.

Read the detail of the Press release below:

“That a Minister of Education would pronounce a threat of mass sack of academic staff is a tragedy of huge proportion for Nigeria and Africa. While ASUU has been struggling for conditions in which Nigerian students would benefit from a very much enhanced academic environment in teaching and research facilities, the Minister of Education is thinking of a thoughtless mass sack as a solution to the problems arising from government’s non-implementation of an agreement reached with ASUU as if Nigerian rulers have made no intellectual progress since Abacha,”.

“To be clear, Nigerian lecturers, from Graduate Assistants to Professors, are not begging anybody for jobs. It is now well known that since 2003, successive governments have told the Nigerian people, repeatedly, that the solution to Nigeria’s social and economic crises is to kill public, economic and educational institutions and institute the reign of private control of the economy and education, whereas the Constitution of Nigeria states clearly that the commanding heights of Nigeria’s economy shall be publicly owned. The President of Nigeria in 2003, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo told ASUU that the solution to Nigeria’s university crisis is massive privatisation.

“From all indications, the Minister of Education, on behalf of the present government, assisted without shame by NUC, and on behalf of government, is set to carry out in the sphere of education what one of its predecessors did with universities, Transcorps, and the Airways. The way is being paved for privatisation of education. Academic staff have a duty to defend the right of Nigerians to sound public education. To succumb to the present threat by the Minister of Education on behalf of government is to give up on Nigeria. We in the academic profession have no such intention,”.

Instead of issuing threat of mass sack, ASUU called on the government to recruit more lecturers for the nations’ universities.

“Given the inadequacy of teaching staff in the university system, it is recommended that government shall have a deliberate policy of improving the national teacher-student ratio to 1:20 within the next two years. Using the present figures of students’ enrolment; this translates to increasing the number of full-time academic staff in Nigerian universities to 50,000. This means the recruitment of additional 23,000 lecturers on the basis of 50:50 ratio between the Federal and state universities,” .

When will this strike end? Why can’t the Federal Government answer these people for the sake of the students.

Of what use is a senseless threat to underpaid lecturers.

14 thoughts on “ASUU Not Calling Off Strike, Tells FG To Sack Lecturers

  1. I hate both FG and ASUU I sense a bit of selfishness on the part of the warring lectuers pls call off the dem strike

  2. Since the sauu has accepted the new offer of the FG, mr president should conclude the negotiations wit d asuu leader, so dat student can go back to classroom, my president i appreciate ur effort, may God bless u as u do dis in jesus name amen.

  3. ASUU and FG,bear in mind that we the students,which you pple are using to do karikasho,politics and soo called fighting for rights but pesonal pockets are not happy and have vows to sue for inconveniences and damages yous have caused to our future after this long strike.

  4. Ehya,don’t worry my good students of Nigeria,E go better,4 years course takes 5 to 6 to complete if you are lucky,somebody pls listen to the cries of this students and have mercy on them for goodness sake,why this accumulated anger you venting out on the innocent students,why do we always lack behind where it matters most,don’t make this students graduate in their old age to enable practice what they went to school to learn.pls hear the cry of their parents and siblings that depend on them in the future,This is pure heartless and selfish behaviour.

  5. The lecturers are now fighting so their need will be met right? But when it comes to the turn of the students no one hears our cry. what they are demanding for is for their own betterment and not for us so they should either accept the offer of the President or they get lost so the unemployed lecturers who are ready to lecture can be employed so we can go back to school.

  6. this just shows how far behind we are in the world. I guess we will get there in another 50 odd years. Imagine in the UK a university will strike and shut its doors for months when fees has been paid. hell will break lose. it is so sad that our politicians brings their sorry backside abroad for holiday etc. but do not return home to emulate happenings here. na wa for our oga at the top. Useless Government. those who wants to make a difference in my country will be killed off very quick while the rotten apple remains at the top. what a sad country Nigeria

  7. let everyone of us admitt that this is a game of politics.jsut that i pity fellow nigerians that are been affected by this so called strike.
    what will it cost FG to yield to ASSU request when lectures are already in the film of huge amount earn monthly by our politicians. FG please reconsidered this matter as this is really affecting we tha VOTE for una.

  8. Na season4 episode 3 ….lols female students make una go marry fast before una reach menopous. Even God don beg asuu dem no gree so wetin una want make F.G do dat one dem de do? na beta gra gra…lwkmd!! I need to resume sch fa…lols

  9. Let Fed Gov sack the lecturers and recruit another set from the market place. the biggest mistake Govt will ever make is to sack lecturers! Let them do the right thing and stop empty threat.

  10. helo to all nig student,there was a say that when two elephant is fighting is the grass that will suffer.that is to say that when FG and ASUU are fighting is the students that suffer everything,i want to let all ninerian st no one thing that both the FG and ASUU none of their two children are here schooling in nig after push all their chidren abroad to study, then we the less privilege that strungling to be a beter person in future they use this type of means to kill our career and ruled ourlife meslessly, but one thing is sure that God will surely intervain for us it may nt be 2day 2morow or next year but the day will surely come to them. and to the so called NANS is quite unfutunate that we dnt hav NANs anymore the NANS are days are political NANS since over 5month that this FG and ASUU war begin has NANs make any impact in favour students we dnt even no wether they exist,but let me tell them one thing they dnt no that what ever we suffer in nig education today their childrens is going to sufer it *10 in future pls I appeal to nig st to take heart and be more stronger in their academic no hope is lost yet we should be more focus and I wish all nig st hapy exmas and new year in advance from ABU.

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