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STRIKE: ASUU threatens VCs colluding with governors to open universities

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ASUU: No concrete agreement with FG after 6 meetings

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened state universities who are being influenced by state governors to disobey the ongoing strike order by the union..

ASUU said it regrets that members in some institutions have not been committed to the struggle of revitalising the university education system

Speaking during an interview in Abuja, the President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said some state governors have instructed vice-chancellors of their state owned universities to resume but the union would ensure full compliance to the ongoing strike

He said, “There are many reasons why some members have pulled out of the action. In some campuses, some vice chancellors are so uncooperative even though they are the ones, who will spend this money that ASUU is agitating for.

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“In some places, some of them will misapply the fund. That is why you will continue to see crisis because when we go back, we are going to engage many vice chancellors. In some state universities, their governors are playing the ostrich, pretending to be funding their universities.

“Today, we call many state universities TETFUND universities because the bulk of their capital projects in the last 10 years came from TETFUND support and lately, the NEEDS assessment grant.

“Governors, who own such universities will be giving their vice chancellors directive to go and open the universities. They are just not being sincere to themselves because they are actually not doing what is expected of them.

“Another reason is because some of our members are aggrieved for reasons best known to them. Some have threatened to pull out of ASUU and go their own way.

“When you take it on the balance, you find out that within their inner self, they are not opposed to what we are asking for because the Earned Academic Allowances will go to them, revitalisation fund will go to their universities and where they have salary shortfall, it will be refunded to them.”

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