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ASUU strike won’t overshadow Buhari’s good work – Presidency

Femi Adesina, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will not destroy the president’s  “legacy”.

The presidential aide made the comment on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme arguing that the varsity teachers’ action dates back years.

Recall, on Thursday May 12, the president appealed to the union to consider the plight of students and call off the ongoing strike.

 

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Thereafter, a meeting was scheduled  with the striking university based unions which was chaired by the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, but nothing fruitful came out of it, according to an ASUU statement.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over the non-implementation of an agreement reached with the federal government in 2020 — on Monday, May 9, 2022, the strike was extended for another 12 weeks.

While speaking on the Channel’s TV programme, Adesina said the issue of ASUU strike in the country is an “endemic” matter, which started many years ago, adding that the federal government is committed to ensuring resolutions of the areas of concern.

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“He (referring to Buhari) appealed to ASUU to consider the plight of those young ones. It shows that the president is ready to have this matter resolved once and for all,” Adesina said.

He further said: “Last week, I saw something on Facebook that alhaji Shehu Shagari was appealing to ASUU to go back to class. Alhaji Shagari ruled 43 years ago.

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“That shows you that this is an endemic issue. Left to the government, the students will go back tomorrow but then the issue has to be resolved conclusively so that in another six weeks, eight weeks, or six months, we don’t go back to where we are today.

“It would not vitiate the legacy of the president in any way because this dates back in time. It was there under Shagari; it was there under Buhari as a military leader; it was there under Babangida, and it was there under Shonekan — under everybody,” he said.

He, however, explained that President Buhari is seeking a lasting solution to the strike.

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Meanwhile the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) have decided to adopted the strategy of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), by declaring a strike action against the Federal Government.

In a statement signed by the ASUP’s president, Anderson Ezeibe, on Wedneday, he announced that the union have declared a two-week warning strike with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022.

The union said the decision became imperative following the failure of the government to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed in June, 2021, which informed the suspension of its two-month strike at the time.

ASUP said it also gave a one-month ultimatum in April to address its needs but said the government ignored its threat, and went on with political activities as if everything was normal.

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