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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) on Thursday, declared that it would not
be distracted by the 2019 elections in its
struggle to revitalise public universities.

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.

The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan
(UI), Dr Deji Omole, spoke on Thursday in an
interview with newsmen in Ibadan.

Omole said that the union was ready to pursue
the strike to a logical conclusion irrespective
of whether there would be election or not.
He added that INEC could recruit ad-hoc staff
from eligible Nigerians “who are in their

“We are not part of INEC, therefore, INEC can
look elsewhere for ad-hoc staff to conduct the

“What Nigerians are only interested in is
credible election and not participation of

“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,” 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.

Asuu Strike: Lecturers Speak On Being Distracted By 2019 Election  - Universities

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