Monday, December 2, 2013

ASUU to Parents- Keep Your Children at Home,

ASUU to Parents- Keep Your Children at
Home, Strike is Still On
The Academic Staff Union of Universities,
ASUU, has warned parents not to endanger
the lives of their wards and children by
sending them to their university campuses,
as directed by the Federal Government.
"Don't risk the lives of your children and
wards. Keep them at home because ASUU will
not teach. Soldiers and the police deployed
by the Federal Government will not teach.
Wike can come and teach in the universities.
It is a huge joke to sack lecturers. Our
strike must not be in vain. Our students
must see the results."
ASUU, which also directed all its members
not to sign attendance registers in their
institutions, lashed out at the Federal
Government for lack of consistency in its
statements on the ongoing strike.
The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr.
Nyesom Wike, had at a news conference in
Abuja on Thursday, threatened that any
ASUU member that failed to resume on or
before December 4th would be sacked.
Wike also directed vice-chancellors to
advertise vacancies (internal and external)
in their institutions. He told the vice-
chancellors to open attendance registers for
lecturers that resumed in their universities.
The Government then directed the
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed
Abubakar, to deploy policemen in all the
federal universities.
But the Chairman, University of Ibadan
chapter of ASUU, Dr. Segun Ajiboye, said
parents should keep their children and wards
at home as no academic activity would
resume until the strike is properly called off.
Ajiboye added, "It is funny. We thought we
are in a democracy. I assure Nigerians that
we know what the law says about the strike.
Our job is statue backed. We are not
threatened. We do not trust the government.
The record of the government is clear. This
government is dishonouring agreements. Our
members are resolved to pursue this to a
logical conclusion.
"If ASUU could withstand Babangida, this
government cannot threaten us. We have
worked this road before, the only thing that
will work is peaceful resolution. It is sad
that government wants to sack us because
we are asking for the resolutions. We are
ready to be sacked but government should
learn from the University of Ilorin
experience. We are going to stay the course."
ASUU President, Dr. Nassir Fagge, urged
the lecturers to be resolute. He said:
"Comrades, can you see the unfolding
drama? Now Jonathan says they didn't give
ultimatum. That the vice-chancellors did and
Wike became their trumpet. But NUC's
(National Universities Commission)
ultimatum is by the Federal Government to
us to resume or get sacked.
"Wike's press address says 'FG has
directed' not 'VCs have directed.' Be calm,
stay resolute. By God's grace, we are on
course."
Sent from my Blog www.asegbolu.com

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