Richard Ginika Izuora
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised the Federal Government to demonstrate enough commitment towards revitalisation of public universities in the country.
This appeal was made on Wednesday, November 18, in a statement signed and also made available to newsmen by the Lagos Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Olusoji Sowande.
Sowande revealed why ASUU shifted ground; from its initial demands in the interests of Nigerian students who have spent over seven months at home.
According to Prof. Sowande; ASUU has dumped its initial insistence that the government should release one tranche of N220 billion revitalization fund; and is now demanding for 50 per cent of one tranche (N110 billion)
“In the interest of our students who have been at home for seven months; our union has shifted ground from the in the insistence of a release of one tranche of N220 billion revitalization fund to demand 50% of one tranche (N110 billion) for government to show its commitment to revitalisation of our universities.
“This is a major reason the government has not been able to return to negotiation with our union in the last two weeks,” the statement reads in part.
The ASUU also appealed to parents and students to understand that its current struggle is patriotic; and that their sacrifice for the survival of Nigerian public universities is also unparalleled.