The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to unleashed its next plan if the federal government failed to meet its demands as contained in the agreements between the two sides in 2009. ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a Town and Gown meeting at the African Hall in the University of Ilorin, Kwara state. The meeting which was also attended by parents, students union leaders and alumni of universities in the country, saw conversation lengthened down to the reopening of the universities. Ogunyemi said ASUU had agreements with the federal government which since 2009 are yet to be addressed, let alone honoured. ASSU said universities will not reopen unless the federal government honoured its demands. According to him, schools cannot be reopened unless the government showed responsibility and do the needfuls on the agreements between the two parties. “I think we should wait. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. I can’t open our strategy here; whatever you do is about strategy; let the government refuse to negotiate, we will unfold our strategy then,” He posited. Ogunyemi also alleged that there is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in Nigeria as the government has refused to intensify its commitment to fund public education. “There is a deliberate attempt to kill university education in the country. Some universities use stoves in their laboratories instead of burners and buckets to fetch water to perform experiments; it’s as bad as that,” the ASUU president remarked.
To this end, it seems the face-off between ASUU and the Federal Government still has a long way to go. Remember ASUU was already on strike before the lockdown order came into full force. However, what is still not clear to Students and Parents is when the lingering conflict between the two body will be resolved.