By Imanuel Jannah
ABUJA—Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, said yesterday that the Federal Government has developed a pattern of not being proactive on addressing issues affecting the university system unless some industrial action was taken by the union.
The declaration came against recent 7-day warning strike which the union embarked on nationwide to press home its demand.
The union enjoined the public to support them as they might decide to go on an indefinite strike, unless the federal government gave vent to its promises.
Coordinator, North-Central Zone of ASUU, Dr. Theophilus Lagi, who this in Abuja yesterday, said: “ASUU demands are germane, and our cause is one that would benefit the public universities system.
‘’We enjoin the public to support us, because somebody has to make such sacrifice. It is a collective sacrifice, if the rot affecting the universities in Nigeria must be addressed.”
He said the government had not been proactive when it came to addressing issues affecting the universities system.
“Overtime, it seems as if the government needs some kind of push before it does the needful. An agreement was reached in 2009, following the report of a committee on NEEDS assessment that identified series of rot in the universities, and the federal government willingly entered into an agreement with ASUU but it could not implement that agreement.
“It took a six months prolonged strike to get an MoU signed between the federal government and the union for certain cosmetic measures to address the issues that are fundamental in nature,” he said.