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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
- The Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) says the 2019 elections will not stop its
struggle to revitalise public varsities in the
country

- The chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan
chapter, Deji Omole, says ASUU is not part of
INEC and that the electoral commission can
look elsewhere for ad-hoc staff to conduct the
election

- Omole notes that what Nigerians are only
interested in is credible election and not
participation of lecturers The Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is
ready to pursue its ongoing strike to a logical
conclusion irrespective of whether there would
be general elections or not.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that
the chairman of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Yakub
Mahmood, had said that the planned ASUU
strike might affect the 2019 general election.
But the chairman of ASUU, University of
Ibadan (UI) chapter, Deji Omole, stated on
Thursday, January 3, that the union would not
be distracted by the 2019 elections in its
struggle to revitalise public varsities.

He added that INEC could recruit ad-hoc staff
from eligible Nigerians “who are in their
millions’’. “We are not part of INEC, therefore,
INEC can look elsewhere for ad-hoc staff to
conduct the election. “What Nigerians are only
interested in is credible election and not
participation of lecturers. “Even when we were
not on strike, not all our members are
interested in participating in the elections,
because it is a voluntary thing
Whoever that feels like participating in the
elections can go ahead to participate. “If you
check in the letter addressed to individuals
that have participated in the election in the
past, the letter is addressed to individuals and
not to ASUU,” the UI ASUU chairman said. He
said that the demand of the union that the
MoU of 2017 be implemented was sacrosanct.

Omole said that once the union saw the
commitment of government, the leadership
would bring it back to them at chapters, where
it would be taken to their congresses and
redirect to national for necessary action
The UI ASUU chairman urged Nigerians to
continue to put pressure on government to do
the needful by investing more in funding
education. He said that private education was
not an alternative to public schools and called
on all Nigerians to support the strike to salvage
the university system in Nigeria..

Meanwhile, some undergraduate students in
Nsukka, on Thursday, January 3, appealed to
the federal government and the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU) to shift grounds
in order to resolve their issues. News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) reports that Charles Odoko from
the department of economics, University of
Nigeria, Nsukka, urged relevant stakeholders in
the country to intervene and prevail on ASUU
and government to reach a compromise so that
the strike would be called off. Another student,
Jane Ukaegbu, of the department of political
science at the University of Lagos, said that
government and ASUU should consider the
future of students and place that above other
interests by resolving the dispute.

Source : www.collegegist.com.ng/p/659/ASUU-vows-to-pursue-ongoing-strike-to-logical-conclusion

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