Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter has sensitized members of the public on the ongoing strike embarked upon by members of the union to address various issues affecting university education in Nigeria.
The town hall meeting which was held at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan was attended by various stakeholders including members of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) who are also planning to join the strike.
Others in attendance included civil society groups’ members, politicians, the clergy and traders. At the meeting, presentations were made on the Needs Assessment Report of 2009.
In his remark, Oyo State NLC Chairman Comrade Bashiru Olarewaju said the NLC will today take a decisive action on the ongoing ASUU strike.
He said: “The government and some other people have been trying to undermine the power, the influence and the ability of each group that can salvage this nation from collapse . And let me say this, that NLC has not been quiet. No, many people will want the NLC to go on strike. No; we will not go on strike on ASUU for now. But, anything can happen after Wednesday.
“This is because we have more than 40 affiliates. If an affiliate of NLC is in crisis and we now bring the entire workforce to join the strike, the train of the nation will not move forward. What we do in most cases is to mediate. ASUU is an affiliate of the NLC. ASUU is our partner. We will work together.”
Prof. Remi Raji, Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan enjoined the government to implement the recommendations of the Needs Assessment report which was presented to the government in November, 2012.
“In the next few days, it will be one year and nothing has been done of the 189 recommendations and we are saying that it is very crucial for government to deal with it squarely for the future of our children and our nation because a country that does not develop its own capacity within, to develop its own education standard to world class quality, cannot claim to be a giant of Africa, cannot claim to have a clean bill of economic health . This is the issue,” he said.