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#Assu strike Update.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned what it describes as FG’s deceit used in order to achieve its goal of ensuring that the ASUU strike ends, by using market women, religious leaders and even students to put pressure on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) without proper resolution of issues on hand, describing it as lowly and cheap.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the strike, which is now in its fourth month, would have ended by now if the Federal Government had pursued its negotiations with ASUU with half the energy it has been using to rally various groups to protest against the union.

Referring to the protest staged by the National Market Women Association in Abuja on Monday, where the leaders of the association vowed to make the lecturers jobless, by replacing them, the party described the plot ridiculous, a plot it tagged crowd-for-hire-protest.

The party also asked why the groups who are mounting pressure on the ASUU to call off its four-month old strike not mounting pressure on the Federal Government to make more effort on ensuring that the strike ends.

The party reminded those who are blaming ASUU for the strike that all the teachers are demanding are better infrastructure for the universities, a favourable condition for teaching and research as well as an enhanced pay that will stem the tide of brain drain, which has left the country’s public tertiary institutions struggling to get high-qualify faculties, while it queried how the demands made by the ASUU anti-student as alleged by the students who have been at home for four months and the market women.

The party however referred to its earlier call made to the FG on the lingering ASUU strike to respect the agreement it signed with ASUU, that if only the Federal Government can cut waste, adequately tackle corruption and show more prudence, there will be more than enough resources to spend on the education of the nation’s youth, without which there will be no development.


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