By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria branch has told the government to stop hiding behind the COVID-19 pandemic by dragging its foot and resume to the negotiation table to address all the salient issues as contained in 2009 agreement and 2019 memorandum of action.
Addressing a press conference at the ASUU secretariat in ABU, the Chairman, Professor Rabiu Nasiru said that without prejudice as government’s antics, it should continue to do the needful in the interest of the people of Nigeria.
Professor Rabiu said that it is encouraging that the government and its agents have failed to break their common resolve despite the preponderance of propaganda, blackmail, distortion of facts and stoppage of their salaries.
The chairman commended their members and their families for standing behind their struggle to salvage the Nigerian universities system and urged them to remain resolute and assured them that the union will enforce the rights of its members to their full entitlements as it will protect their dignity.
According to him, some parents and students and even the general public have some misgivings about the union’s struggle towards revitalization of Nigeria’s university education.
While stating that the Nigerian Constitution has made education a right and not a privilege as most Nigerians are aware of, the Constitution’s provision but yet, they pretend as if Nigerian universities are for ASUU alone.
Professor Rabiu Nasiru said that it is common knowledge that the ruling class are eager to privatize every sector in Nigeria including education, but If allowed, the common man in Nigeria will not have access to university education, while it appeased that only ASUU is seriously concerned and agitating about it.
Speaking on the reopening of universities, he said that the position of the union is that all necessary guidelines designed by the Federal Government on the preventive measures to control the COVID-19 should be implemented before reopening.
The Chairman maintained that the current strike action remains enforced until all their demands are met.