The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has seriously refuted reports that it is under pressure to suspend its four months old strike.The ASUU chairman during a telephone interview reaffirm their determination to fight on until their demands are meet .He stressed that the union position on the implementation of the 2009 agreement signed with the federal government has not changed and that is the only condition for the strike to be suspended.
ASUU National President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, admitted the receipt of the letter. “We have responded to the letter and we noted that we have already met the government halfway. In 2006, we did that and the agreement then was a product of collective bargaining. In 2012, we also met the government halfway, we shifted grounds,” Fagge had said.
However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as a cheap and ludicrous strategy the decision by the federal government to enlist traders, religious leaders and even students to put pressure on ASUU to call off its strike without resolving the issues that caused the dispute in the first instance.
In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the strike would have ended by now if the federal government had pursued its negotiations with ASUU with half the energy it had been using to rally various groups to protest against the union.
The party described as particularly ridiculous the crowd-for-hire protest in Abuja on Monday, by the so-called National Market Women Association, in which their leader vowed to chase lecturers out of Nigeria and replace them with “jobless Nigerians.”
ASSU-We will not Suspend Strike until all Our Conditions are Met