The Academic Staff Union of Universities has debunked an insinuation that it is “a strike-loving organisation.”
The Chairman of ASUU, Benin Zone, Prof. Anthony Monye-Emina, said this on Wednesday in Benin at a meeting held with market women and pressure groups to justify the union’s ongoing strike.
He said the interactive session was to discuss how to rescue the Nigerian education system from near collapse and appraise strategies for the challenges that lay ahead.
“Our society has a wrong impression about ASUU struggle. We are not asking for money to keep in our pockets but for the development of infrastructure in our universities,” he said.
Monye-Emina appealed to patriotic Nigerians to prevail on the government to address infrastructural deficit in Nigerian universities.
He alleged that the main reason why dialogue between the Federal Government and ASUU often ended in a deadlock was because of ASUU’s refusal to allow the introduction of outrageous levies and tuition fees beyond the reach of the poor.
The Chairman of ASUU, University of Benin branch, Prof. Julius Iyasele, said the union had written over 450 letters to the Federal Government since the struggle started in 2009, adding that the ASUU strike was not politically-motivated.